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Likes and Dislikes: using the rubber tool to reveal a celebrity's identity

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 liked and disliked using the third person. The teacher used the split screen tool on the IWB with the right hand side displaying sentences in Welsh to describe what a celebrity likes and dislikes. The hide and reveal tool is used to reveal one sentence at a time. The other side of the screen has an image of the celebrity, but a white pen has been used to conceal the image. The image has also been divided into square sections so the learners can reveal a section of the image at a time. An individual learner was chosen to rub away one square to reveal part of the image each time a sentence was correctly spoken and translated into English. The whole class had to use the clues from each sentence to uncover the celebrity's identity.


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Reading, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

This was a revision part of the lesson and obviously using the IT and notebook software and the rubbing off effect is purely to go over something we have done before, but to do it in an enjoyable way and so things can be changed easily. So [the] children were looking at celebrities from 2011, but we can use it again next year and it can all change. Plus celebrities change and also [I] got the children to come out and use the tools themselves. I actually got the children to come to the whiteboard and they can rub out things themselves rather than me just standing there doing it for them.  So there’s a chance for children to get off their seats and actually come to the board and do things themselves.   

Getting children used to using the rub out tool on the IWB in this part of the lesson. It’s also been split screen so the children can see the words they have to translate, the picture they are rubbing away and also the cover tool has been used so that I can go through a question at a time and so the children don’t know what’s coming next.

Obviously [I am] using things like the rub away tools, lots of different ways to engage children into different types of learning and not just really being used as a glorified blackboard really.

Learner comments

The rubber, that’s really good, how it does it so quickly ‘cos you can’t do that normally.

It’s really cool because you can actually move things around on a massive computer screen on the wall.


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