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Morality - Using images to facilitate speaking practice

Uploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


This clip shows the development of the topic on morality and encourages learners to use the grammatical function of modals to describe what they would do in certain certain situations. The exercise is designed for learners aged 15/16 studying for the Cambridge First Certificate to help them with the speaking part of the exam. Learners documented their discussions by annotating over the flipchart to highlight key vocabulary used with weaker learners annoting before the stronger learners to encourage greater participation and challenge in multi-level classes.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Spanish

Age range: 15+

Language level: B2 - Upper Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Image, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Pairwork

Language area: Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

What I particularly like about this clip is that is shows how the IWB can be used in a way that is un-teacher-centred so the learners can interact with their partners while using the images on the IWB as a source of inspiration for their conversations. What's unique about the IWB is that the teacher can control the learners' attention towards the pictures, whereas in a class where you have the pictures on paper, you're relying on the learners to look at a different picture when you tell them to or turn over the page. With the IWB you're controlling their attention focus while at the same time allowing them to be autonomous.

Learner comments

Learner A: The thing to put videos and move things without first having to go to the computer and then to the projector is good. It's faster.

Learner B: You don't lose so much time and you can concentrate better on things that are given on the IWB. Also, the teacher forms part of the class - showing the pictures, but then also contributing to the discussions.

Learner C: At the same time you enjoy it because it's not the typical boring class where you have to write with the paper sitting at the table. It's more interactive and you can learn more easily.

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