Animals - endangered speciesUploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)
This clip shows an activity about animals and endangered species. The learners (a young FCE group aged 13 years old) are initially shown a series of gapped sentences describing different animals and encouraged to predict what is hidden beneath the yellow block. Once the images are dragged from behind the block, the teacher prompts the learners to guess the name of the animal and specific details about it.
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: Spanish
Age range: 13+
Language level: B1 - Intermediate
Educational context: Secondary Education
IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image
Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Plenary (reflection)
Language area: Speaking, Vocabulary
IWB board used: Promethean
I chose this clip because it helps to explain the activity - why I'm using the IWB and how I'm using the IWB. Also, it shows the learners what my expectations are in terms of what they need to do at the board and how the activity will help them expand their vocabulary. What I've found in general is that using the IWB raises their interest in a topic. It also allows for a very different way to learn vocabulary, which can be built up slowly by revealing the relevant images gradually instead of using a piece of paper, where they have all the images at the same time, can help the learners learn more effectively. It also helps me to see more easily if there is going to be an item of vocabulary that may cause difficulty, and then address that more immediately and easily. I think having access to a wide range of visuals helps learners build their vocabulary.
How did this activity help you with your learning?
Learner A: I think it was good that the teacher showed us what we have to do with the IWB because it made me feel less nervous when I was moving the pictures
Learner B: It's more enjoyable moving the images to the right word on the board. Before, if we just used some paper and drew a line, it is quite boring. It makes it easier to learn the words because you do an activity that is more memorable.
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