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Body Parts: using photographs of learners to encourage speaking and reading

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

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This video clip was taken from a lesson learning the different names of body parts in Welsh using the context of illness. In this clip the teacher had previously taken photographs of learners acting out an illness, such as suffering with a headache. The teacher uploaded the photographs onto PowerPoint and added 'Beth sy'n bod?' ('What's the matter?') at the top of each page. The learners had to look at the photographs and state what illness each learner had. Once the learner had attempted to say the illness using a full sentence, the teacher revealed the correct sentence. 

 

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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

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning

Language area: Listening/Viewing, Reading, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I think it really focused their attention, they liked seeing themselves. They always react well to that and it helped reinforce the sentence pattern in an interesting way.

I think if we didn’t have the interactive whiteboard our old methods would seem quite boring now. They’re used to seeing things move at a fast rate and seeing things in an attractive manner and being able to interact.

The children are more on task during the lesson and they are willing to sit and listen for longer when I use the IWB. 

Learner comments

You don’t have PowerPoint and you can't save it on the normal whiteboard but you can do it on the other one [the IWB] because the computer would go onto the interactive whiteboard and you can see the picture. You can’t save anything on that normal whiteboard.  You can on the [interactive] whiteboard. 

Say you forgot all about the lesson, the whiteboard doesn't just go from the beginning to the end; it can also go from the back so if you don’t get it you can go back and read it out again. 

Without being able to put the pictures on the interactive whiteboard our teacher would have them on her camera so she probably would show them to everybody but let them go in a line to take turns seeing it.  Because it’s the IWB really big everyone would be able to see it especially from the back. 

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