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American Schools - Dragging and dropping the corresponding grades

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


In this clip you can see intermediate learners comparing the grading system in the USA and in Germany. The IWB helps to visualise the topic and the drag and drop feature makes it easier to correct if necessary.

The learners have already talked about their background knowledge (creating a mind map), compared the school systems and the time tables and are now moving on to the grading system. This task is a good example of differentiation because the weaker learners can also solve this task.


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, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Life & Culture, Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

Here we talked about the grades and this is also a perfect topic for the whiteboard, because we had a scale with a happy smiley and sad smiley and they had to arrange the American grades into the right order, since they have letters and we have numbers in Germany. So they should find out that A is the best grade and F is the worst. And they should also find out what they stand for. So on the top there was a line and on the upper side were the letters and down were their meanings. They didn't find out some meanings immediately, so it was something like a quiz, because they didn't know it, but then they discussed it in class. Some said "No, that's not possible", "That must be something else", and I helped a little bit and every learner said something. In the end we found out the matching meanings and letters together. So we worked together, the whole class worked together. It was again drag and drop. And the learners could make mistakes; it was not a problem since the next learner helped out. I always like it when it is ok to make mistakes. That's what I also like about the IWB, then you can say "Can someone help?" and then you help. It's not so frustrating on the board.

Learner comments

Also ich finde durch die Farben und die ganzen Bilder kann man viel besser lernen weil man sich das Bild einprägt und dazu dann auch noch die Wörter. Und ich pass viel besser auf und melde mich dann auch öfter. 

The IWB helps me to learn since there are so many pictures and colours and the words together. I just pay more attention and participate more often.

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