Animals - endangered speciesUploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)
In this clip, the teacher invites one of the learners from the class (a young FCE group of learners aged 13 years old) to go to the board and drag the animals from behind the yellow block and match them to the sentences. As the learner reveals the image, the teacher, who is sitting with the learners, initiates discussion with the class about the animals as they are revealed. By giving the learners responsibility for revealing the different animals, each of them are able to engage more with the content and give the teacher the opportunity to be more involved with the group. As with many gap-fill activities for exam-level learners, there are more images than are needed for the gaps.
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: English
Age range: 13+
Language level: B1 - Intermediate
Educational context: Secondary Education
IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image
Teaching methods: Whole class discussion, Individual activity at IWB
Language area: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary
IWB board used: Promethean
I chose this clip because it shows the point in the class when the learners take over and guide the activity more. It offers the learners a chance to be responsible for the activity far more. One learner is in control, but the others are there offering support, so it's a very communicative kind of activity, but also very non-threatening. It lets the learner at the board be in charge essentially.
Why do you think the teacher used the IWB for this activity?
Learner A: I think because she thought it would be more interesting this way. Also, Maybe because it means that she can sit with the class more, so that it seems more equal. It's good because we all get to be the teacher so there is more (joint) responsibility (to learn).
Learner B: I think that we become more interested in the lesson if we are being the teacher, or having to stand at the front.
Do you think it is a good idea to ask learners to 'be the teacher?'
Learner A: I like it because we can see what it feels like to be at the front of the class. I don't mind standing up because it is a small class so I don't feel so threatened, but if the class was bigger, I might not like it as much.
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