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Writing to practice possessive constructions: focus on form for high school learners

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


This class comprises thirteen 16-17 year-old high school EFL learners in the year before they take their school-leaving qualifications (première L). Class activities aim to prepare them for a final English exam based on reading and writing skills on literary and cultural topics related to the English-speaking world. Here they are answering questions from their textbook based on a scene from Sean Penn's 2007 movie "Into the Wild", after having viewed the video clip and studied the corresponding extract from the script. The IWB allows the teacher to project digital text with space for the learners to use the pen to write sentences.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 15+

Language level: B1 - Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

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

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar, Writing

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

Teacher: It was very good when she was correcting the apostrophe "s" sentence. And I said "we can see you thinking". 
[…] My strategy should have been to go over and show them. It's just that I needed to do something, and I didn't.


Learner comments

Interviewer: Why do you like the board?
Learner: It's more fun! 
Learner 2: Yes we can put together text on the computer and writing
Learner 1:So it's interesting

Other comments

This is a fairly difficult point of grammar/writing.

Interviewer: If you just take it from a French speaker's point of view, you have to change the order: la mère de Karine has to be Karine's mother, and then you've got the pronunciation of the "s" which is usually not pronounced word-final in French.  And then you've got the extra thing, when it ends with an affricate that you have to do /ɪz/

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