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Describing people: asking and answering questions to reveal a character's identity

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of a lesson whereby learners were practicing sentences to describe people . In the clip the teacher created an electronic version of the board game 'Guess Who?' The game required the class to deduce a character's identity by asking the opponent questions about the physical appearance of the character, for example, 'is he wearing a hat?' A AA learner had been selected to choose a character and the whole class were invited to ask the learner questions in relation to their character's appearance. Using this information, the class had to cross out characters on the IWB which did not match the answers provided by the learner. The whole class had worksheets with example questions to help them use the correct sentence structures. Prior to this video clip, the teacher had modelled the activity by playing the role of the individual at the IWB. 

[The teacher is using Smart software on a Promethean IWB.]



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 6+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Content marking, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

This video clip takes it a bit further than just being the teacher leading the learning. It’s a bit more independent with the child initiating it for the children. They are able to take their learning now and transfer it to the IWB and take the lead on the activity.

I think it enhanced their learning because obviously they’re involved in it. They are taking ownership of their learning.  It allowed them to take control of what was on the board and allowed them to take the lead of the teacher.

It’s because of their confidence with using the IWB that they are able to do this because, even if there is a problem with the computer, they are able to rectify it because of their knowledge of using the IWB from previous lessons of learning.   

I think it’s really important to recognise how you can utilise the whiteboard and all the different tools, and if you do have a good understanding of it then it can be useful across the curriculum for different types of learning and for children with different types of learning styles.



Learner comments

When asked what the learners enjoyed about using the IWB in that lesson, the learners responded: ''When we go up to the board and cross things out.'' 

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