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Weather: matching image with text to learn vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of learning the vocabulary for different types of weather. This extract is from the first activity of the lesson where the learners had to read the sentence and match the weather in the sentence with the correct image on the IWB. The teacher reinforced the vocabulary by reading out the sentence for the learners to listen to. For each sentence, a learner was selected to come to the board and select the correct image. If the learner was correct, the IWB responded instantly with a congratulatory sound and visible red tick. The activity also involved a stopwatch on the IWB so the whole class had to try and get as many correct matches as possible in the given time.    



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 4+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Interactive objects, Sound

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

It shows the whole class involvement, it’s very visual and the stopwatch element of the game adds a competitive element. 

The whole class can engage in the activity. They enjoy the tactile interaction with the board and it means the other children observing can remain engaged in the activity.

It’s sort of a multi-sensory approach to it having the visual stimulus, plus it’s the tactile of moving the object across.  Then they also have the oral input from me by enforcing the language pattern.   


Learner comments

It’s got sounds on and we can play games on there because it’s a whiteboard. 

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