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Weather: using drag and drop to complete conversation

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of learning vocabulary for different types of weather. In this extract the class was divided into different groups, with each group completing a different activity in Welsh. In the extract a group of four learners were chosen to play a game on the IWB which had various activities. In this clip an individual learner is completing the activity with the other members of the group assisting. The activity required the individual learner to read an everyday conversation involving two characters and then drag the sentences into the correct place so the conversation made sense. The teacher also supported the learner by reading the sentence and offering help when necessary. Once all the sentences have been placed in the correct spaces the IWB offers instant feedback by playing a congratulatory sound. 



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 4+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop

Teaching methods: Groupwork at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

This one shows a different element of the game where the children have to sequence the dialogue on the whiteboard.  And I particularly like this one because you can hear a child responding to a question from myself by saying ‘cos the heulog is out’ and she spontaneously blended a Welsh word into an English sentence which is a recognised stage of language acquisition

I think it’s the being able to see the written word and listening to the oral input, and the two together, to order the conversation on the board.

I think it’s the multi-sensory features of the board ... help with the language acquisition and they ... raise the engagement in the subject.  They particularly enjoy the tactile interaction.


Learner comments

When we are learning... we all have different activities and we get to swap around.

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