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Pets: using the spotlight tool to reinforce new vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of a lesson on learning vocabulary of different types of animals which may be kept as pets . Before the activity the learners had revised the necessary vocabulary to help them with this activity. In this clip the spotlight tool was used to hide and then reveal an image of a pet. One learner volunteered to drag the spotlight tool for the whole class to guess which animal the spotlight was revealing. After this clip, the activity was repeated with a different volunteer and different image.   



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 6+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Spotlight

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I just feel the spotlight is a really interesting tool which can be used to engage the children, capture their attention straight away and just a fun way to recap the vocabulary.

The language areas that I focused on in this clip were speaking and listening and just to reinforce key language and key vocab and the activity was just a fun way of doing that. So you are repeating the vocab all the time but it doesn’t become boring for the children. It's fun, exciting, it keeps them focused.  

Using a variety of tools is important because repetition in second language teaching is crucial. However, you want to make it exciting for the children and keep them focused using a variety of tools to teach the same vocab.

Learner comments

It helps us to learn! 

Other comments

The ability of the IWB to act as a 'hub' for many different activities is important. As users become more confident in using the IWB they tend to move beyond using different features of one program, then switching between the different features of many programs.

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