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Using third person in past tense: using alphabetical di[ce] to practice verbs

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip was taken from a lesson whereby the learners were learning to use the third person in the past tense. The clip was from the first activity of the lesson where the teacher used the alphabetical di[ce] from the Smart notebook software to play the 'Verb Game'. Each learner had a worksheet in front of them displaying different verbs in written form and with an accompanying image. Each time the teacher rolled the di[ce] the whole class had to try and find a verb on their worksheet which began with the same letter as presented on the di[ce].   


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Individual activity

Language area: Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

As a lesson starter it was a good way to engage the children straight away. It was just another way to teach Welsh to make it a bit more interesting for the children. It was something visual for them to see, waiting for a letter which creates a bit of competition.

If I wanted to do this with another type of di[ce], you could roll it around the classroom but it would have been a lot more difficult as children wouldn’t have been able to see it. Every child could see what was on the [interactive] whiteboard. I couldn’t think of a bigger, bolder or clearer way of doing it than using the software that we used there.

In this one the [interactive whiteboard] was purely a visual stimulus for them. It was for them to be able to see the main part of the game from where they were sitting so they could get involved. 

The children were working individually to find strategies to help them recognise words that began with a certain letter. Also it was an opportunity for the children to have a chance to improve their vocabulary where they would say the words to me and if they said it in a way that wasn’t pronounced quite correctly, it gave me the opportunity to repeat the word back to them in the correct way.

Learner comments

I liked the di[ce] because you didn’t know what letter was coming so it was a bit of a surprise. 

Our teacher sets it up all to go so you don’t have to wait for him to write it as he goes along.

It’s more fun because you can do more things on it. 

Other comments




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