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Morality - Tables to generate writing and speaking

Uploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


This clip shows the introduction of a writing & speaking activity where a table is displayed on the IWB to help learners think of situations where they would help someone in trouble or not help someone in trouble. The learners (aged between 15-16) make notes on paper and feedback is given to the teacher who writes these onto the flipchart. This flipchart is saved and used in a subsequent lesson for role-play purposes.


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: Response system content

Teaching methods: Groupwork, Roleplay

Language area: Speaking, Writing

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

The IWB was used effectively here I think, not so much to show anything to the learners, but to act as space for them to review their ideas and answers. After this clip, I asked the learners to feedback on their conversations by writing up their ideas on the board. We then discussed why they would or wouldn't help in certain situations. I think this would be a useful thing to do at the beginning of the lesson before giving some input. The flipchart could easily be saved and then come back to at the end of the input to see if learners wanted to change their minds about any of the situations they would or wouldn't help out in.

Learner comments

Learner A: I always like it when we can get out of our chairs and move around so to be able to come and write on the board is something I really enjoy.

Learner B: Coming out to write on the board makes me feel a bit stupid sometimes, but then I like it when we have a revision lesson and you can see the words you wrote. It's a silly thing really but maybe it helps us to learn better.

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