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Likes and Dislikes: using name sorter tool to encourage speaking

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of a grammar lesson requiring learners to say what they like and dislike using the third person. Prior to the activity in the clip, learners were working in pairs asking each other what they liked and disliked in Welsh and recording each other's answers on mini [handheld] wipe clean whiteboards.  In this clip the learners are asked to report back to the whole class about what their partner liked and disliked using grammatically correct sentences.  The teacher chose each pair by using the 'name sorter tool' to randomly select learners' names and used the split screen tool to provide sentence starters and connective words on either side of the page as a prompt.



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Interactive objects, Navigation (between flipchart pages), Other

Teaching methods: Pairwork

Language area: Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

This section of the film enabled me to use the name sorter tool, which is an excellent tool for children who sit quietly and don’t get involved. They are more forced to get involved and those who are always wanting to speak are forced to really sit there and let others have the opportunity as well. So it was a feedback session from the speaking and listening ...every child has the opportunity and as a teacher it’s quite easy to rely on those who you know will give you the right answer rather than hear others.

This is useful because they tend to pay more attention to the activity beforehand because they know there’s a chance their name will come up and they can’t ignore it. So it’s a good opportunity for the children to get involved.

I use the split screen option so while they were responding to me at the front I could go back and look at words they could use to improve their Welsh oral skills - using 'and', 'but' and 'or' as a visual stimulus to use in their responses to me. 

The learners were really using the IWB as a prompt and connectives would come up in the split screen so children could see different words to use to improve their answers.  But in this section the learners could do the name sorter tool themselves, I did it myself due to the fact time was running out, but the children can come and press and change the name themselves. 


Learner comments

It would be really good if we could all have mini IWBs like ipads so what he does on the board, also changes on our own personal whiteboards.


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