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Food - using drag and drop to complete listening comprehension

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 clip shows the whole class listening to a conversation between two characters in Welsh discussing what food they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The teacher pauses the conversation at certain points to ensure the learners are able to listen and understand the conversation. The teacher asks a comprehension question relating to the audio output and the learners are selected to answer the question and drag the answers into the correct place in the table.


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Sound

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I wanted them to listen to a description and then they were motivated to listen carefully because they like moving things around on the board. So that was the impetus for them to listen carefully because when I watched it [the video of the lesson] back, I noticed the range of learners that went up to the board. It was across the ability range and not just more able children that would feel confident to do that.

They could move the objects and if they got it wrong it [the program] would show them. So I think that’s good for their confidence so instead of me saying it's wrong, it’s just something that’s on the whiteboard. It’s quite inanimate so they don’t feel such a sense of shame. 

You can hear sound and I think that helps because they hear a different voice. I think sometimes it helps with the relevance of learning in Welsh. Sometimes they [the learners] tend to think we only speak Welsh in Wales. They often say ‘you’re the only teacher that can speak Welsh' and then they think that the language is irrelevant. But when they hear different voices on the IWB they realise that other people can speak Welsh as well and I think it’s good for them to hear other voices.

Learner comments




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