Food: using sound, text and image to learn vocabularyUploaded 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
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: 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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