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Body Parts: using IWB for acting and role play to practice speaking

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip was taken from a lesson learning the different names of body parts in Welsh using the context of illness . In thi. . Ind.   cf.  In thic  .  This actuivi   This activity took place after the learners had practiced the different vocabulary for body parts and sentence patterns such as 'mae bola tost gyda fi' ('I have a bad stomach'). In the first part of the video clip the learners were required to stand in front of the IWB and act out an illness. The whole class had to ask 'beth sy'n bod?' ('What's the matter?') and a volunteer would state the illness that was being acted out in front of them. In the latter part of the video clip the teacher asked pairs to stand in front of the IWB and ask each other what was wrong with them. 




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, Pairwork, Roleplay

Language area: Listening, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I think they liked doing it in front of the whiteboard, they felt they were performing in a way.

I think it set a stage in a way, it gave the children that feeling that they were performing and um it helped them to/ it helped remind them in a way.  Sometimes they get off task if they’re performing role play so it helped focus them really on what they were doing. 

I think it helped them engage with the children who were performing the role play.  Sometimes they can lose concentration or they can get bored if just two children are performing and 28 are sitting and watching.  But it gave that stage; it gave that setting to hold their attention.



Learner comments

Well that normal whiteboard doesn’t really help us learn anything because you’re just writing down stuff but the IWB is better because it can teach you lots of stuff.  For example, you go on the Internet and if you wanted to type in a welsh thing then it would just come and teach you stuff whereas that one normal whiteboard is just for writing stuff down.  There’s loads of stuff you can learn from the IWB.

If you tap on it then it switches so you can see a different thing.

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