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Pets: using sound, text and images to learn 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 . This clip was the first activity of the lesson where the teacher introduced a combination of both familiar and unfamiliar vocabulary to the learners. In this clip the variety of images, sound and text on the IWB are used to help the learners learn the vocabulary, which is repeated several times to ensure the pronunciation is correct . The teacher selects an image; the learners listen to the word and repeat each time.  ASfteAfter Aaa



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, Sound

Teaching methods: Whole class instruction

Language area: Pronunciation, Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I chose this because of the sound clips and I just feel it’s a good way to introduce vocabulary.  Children can then hear it correctly and speak with correct pronunciation and that’s the important part of speaking another language. 

It helped them to speak correctly, with correct pronunciation and one aspect of Welsh is listening to lots of different voices in addition to familiar voices so it’s responding to different voices and obviously the sound then because they can hear the pronunciation.  They can hear it and then respond.   

The speakers could be used so everybody in the class could hear it clearly and loudly to respond.  It was great for the visual learners ‘cos they had something on the board in addition to the auditory sound.    

They [the learners] had pictures to look at and to obviously hold their attention, something to focus on and then relate the vocabulary to the picture to help them. 

I think the sound clips or the sound recorders are a great tool for Welsh second language because they hear the sound and obviously responding to it and then it just supports that correct pronunciation.  I think that’s the main feature.  

Learner comments

It helps us to learn!

Other comments

Importance of good quality speakers attached to IWB.

Use of digital recorders to capture conversation in classroom, which can then be played back through the IWB.

Also the use of audio allows the learners to listen and understand different dialects or accents. 

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