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Describing people: using hide and reveal to conceal picture of Welsh celebrity

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

Description

This video clip took place in the context of a lesson whereby learners were practicing sentences to describe people. In this activity the teacher had covered a large image of a famous Welsh celebrity using multiple squares. Underneath the concealed image was a short description which gave clues about the celebrity's identity e.g. 'He likes to dance.'  Once a learner had correctly translated a sentence they were then able to reveal a section of the image by selecting a square, thus allowing the learners to slowly reveal the whole image and attempt to uncover the celebrity's identity. 

[The teacher is using PowerPoint on a Promethean IWB.]

 

 

details

Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 6+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Reading

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

This clip was able to show the tools that you can use to have an image and then have the children reveal the image bit by bit. As opposed to showing them the whole context and the whole picture you were able to give them clues and they were able to extract the information and use that as a way of answering the question or finding out who was behind the screen.

The IWB engages the children further so it is a nice activity where you can use it as a whole class, help the learners to be interactive and it’s a bit more fun for them as opposed to just sitting by the table and doing work. It allowed them to interact and obviously their peers are there aswell if they need their support.

They were able to use the IWB and that particular activity gave them the confidence to have a go.  

Learner comments

When the learners were asked to explain what their favourite part of the lesson was, the learners responded: ''We had those screens and we had to guess who was behind them there were sentences and we had to guess what they meanteach time we got one right we took away one square by clicking on the board.''  

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