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Food: using sound, text and image to learn vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of a lesson on learning the vocabulary for different names of food. This extract is taken from the first activity of the lesson where the whole class are learning new vocabulary. The activity requires learners to drill vocabulary by looking at the image and associated word, listening to the unfamiliar voice pronounce the food in Welsh and repeating the spoken word. The images change automatically at a steady pace. Half way through the activity, when the learners have gone through all the vocabulary, the teacher asks them to repeat the word after they hear the sound, but in English instead of Welsh.


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Whole class instruction

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Pronunciation

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

It shows how to drill vocabulary in a good way. Before having the IWB, I’d use flashcards to do those.  It was done in a more appealing way, it was faster, and there was less chance of making mistakes and also the man who was reading out the names of the objects read them out with correct pronunciation.

Because I think the IWB made it more interesting because drilling vocabulary can be monotonous and if I’ve got a set of cards they know what is coming next and they’re used to the pictures that I use but on the IWB it was a different set of pictures.

Learner comments

Learner: I liked it when we had to say the Welsh things.

Interviewer: Why did you enjoy that?

Learner: It’s easy because they say it and then you can copy it.

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