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Using third person in past tense: dragging and dropping verbs into correct boxes

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 . In the clip individual learners volunteered to come to the IWB and drag a verb, such as 'she wore' and 'he wore', into the box. The boxes were colour coded: blue boxes were for masculine verbs and pink boxes were for feminine verbs. 




Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I used it the IWB so that the children could come up themselves. The children could come up to the whiteboard and physically move things. Again it was very big and bold and easy to see.  There was a grid with blue boxes for male tenses to go in and a pink one for the female tenses to go in so the colour was there to help.  The learners come out and do it themselves and the other children enjoy that they can watch another child come out. They do enjoy the anticipation of whether a child will get it right or wrong.  So it was a good way to revise and get children to come out and do it for themselves.  

It was good for visual learners as it was easy for them to see whether things were going into the male or female section. So it was very clear for them and the fact that someone could physically come and move them makes a difference. It engages the fidgety children and is a confidence builder for some who do come out and say ‘yes I can actually do this and show the rest of you I can do it.’  It has lots of positives for the children.

Learner comments

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

I like moving things around and moving them into the right place.

It’s more fun to learn because you can move stuff around whereas with the whiteboard you have to rub it out and it takes up too much time.

Instead of sitting down and writing things down you can move around.




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