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Carbon footprint - speaking station work

Uploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


In this clip, the learners (a young FCE group aged 13 years old) are taking part in a series of stationwork activities. The learners at the board are practsing their reading skills by working through a number of questions that ascertain how big their carbon footprint is. In the activity, learners are using the board as stimulus for pairwork discussion about environmental issues.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Spanish

Age range: 13+

Language level: B1 - Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Pairwork at IWB, Station / carousel work

Language area: Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment


This clip I like because it shows how learners can use the IWb completely independently while other learners are working on something completely different in another part of the room. Obviously, having a small class is beneficial for this kind of 'chain' activity as it's much easier to control. It allows the learners a certain amount of independence and it's much more engaging, I think, to use the IWB than just sitting at a computer - for some reason it seems to encourage more collaboration. They like having pens in their hands and it's far more tactile and probably more memorable. I think this clip outlines my next challenge in that I'm very interested in taking material on the IWB beyond simply being interesting towards something more meaningful as far as their language acquisition is concerned.

Learner comments

Learner A: It was an interesting activity and I liked working just with my partner. The teacher gives us the responsibility to find out things so it feels like we are trusted. I think using the board helped us to concentrate more and maybe if we were doing the same activity in the computer room it wouldn't be as enjoyable and perhaps we would have been more distracted.

Learner B: I like it because you only have a short time using the board and then go and do a different activity, so it's part of the lesson but it's not all the lesson. It's included, but isn't in control of the lesson. 

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