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News headlines - Drag and drop of split headlines to facilitate speaking

Uploaded by Sanderin van Hazebrouck, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (Germany)


This clip shows the introduction of the topic on news headlines and the grammatical function of the passive and past participle for lower intermediate learners (14-16). They have to match the corresponding halves of the headline by dragging and dropping the textboxes. 

The headlines were actual news taken from current issues and the local newspapers and show therefore a high degree of authenticity.


Target language: English

Resource language: German

Native language of learners: German

Age range: 14+

Language level: B1 - Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Life & Culture, Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I think it was easy for the kids so it was good for the introduction because all were able to do this task. So I really like it. And they had to repeat the whole sentences, so they used the passive without really doing anything. But they used it again. So that was a good introduction. They didn't really have to do grammar things, but they used it.

I think it was really motivating for the kids to use the whiteboard in this exercise. And for putting halves together the whiteboard is perfect. When you do it without the whiteboard you have to, well, YOU alone have to cut the pieces or the learners have to cut the pieces. And then it is a lot of time that you need.

Learner comments

Ich fand das auch gut und ich fand es auch gut als man die zwei Überschriften die wurden getrennt, als man die dann wieder zusammengesetzt hat. 

I liked putting the headlines back together.

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