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Using IWB software in language lab for listening/speaking practice

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


This English teacher and trainer is preparing these masters learners for a French national university language proficiency exam (CLES, a test designed on the principles of task-based learning).  Because the learners are also pre-service primary school teachers, the professor also wants to expose them to learning technologies that will be useful in their teaching careers, and so has them use the NoteBook software for the class Smart board to support the task-based activities he has planned. 

In this clip, we see the teacher launch a listening/speaking activity where the learners watch a video on their own computers, use the capture tool in Notebook to select images and make a page which will then support oral presentations to the class of what the learners have understood from the video.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 18+

Language level: B2 - Upper Intermediate

Educational context: Higher Education

IWB Features: Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

Well I chose this clip just to show that one of the aims of my lesson was of course to teach language but also to teach how to use the program, and in that case we can see the learner showing her own work.  You know, she has decided to capture this picture and she's talking about it in front of the camera.
[...] Double objective, of course, the IUFM [= teacher training institute] is supposed to teach of course language but also the techniques of how to teach language.
[...] I think, in this particular case, when they do things, they learn by doing, you know.  And it's good because they can select the passage that they understood and then they do something, and then, they show it - so they are in the action.

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