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Food: using the pen tool to write the missing vocabulary to complete the sentence

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of learning different food vocabulary.  In this clip the learners were required to read the sentence and look at the image to identify the missing words represented by the image.  Once the learners had identified the correct food shown in the image in Welsh, one learner was asked to go to the IWB and use the pen tool to write the food vocabulary.  Once the learner had written the food in Welsh, the teacher clicked on the icon which initiated an audio voice to read the whole sentence for the class to see if they were correct. 

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




Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Sound, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

This clip demonstrated how the IWB can be used by the children to practice writing and consolidate their understanding of the vocabulary in an enjoyable way. The clip shows the child is confident to use the IWB pen and write on the IWB.  The clip also showed how all the groups were enthusiastic to take part in the task and use the IWB themselves. They were all eager to.

I used the IWB in this extract to reinforce vocabulary it also enabled the children to develop their skills on the use of the IWB through learner participation and the use of the pen. 

Obviously they learn from each other from looking at the children doing it aswell, it provides a focus where they are all engaged in their learning.  

They are still really eager to use it.  We try to use it as much as we can with them coming out and using it themselves rather than me standing at the front I don’t think the novelty has worn off because there is always something different on there.   

The IWB provides audio, visual and kinaesthetic experiences for all children in the class and differentiated activities are planned with the IWB for the different groups within the classroom.

I would encourage teachers to allow the children to have a wider opportunity to use it in order to develop their confidence and the skills you need to use the IWB. 

Learner comments

You can go back on that one (the IWB) but if you rub out [on the normal board] you can’t go back to it unless you write it all over again.

It’s quite fun to use because it is quite big and you are allowed to go and touch it rather than using the mouse.

It’s interesting because you get to learn new things on there.

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