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Focus on form: Using embedded audio and the highlighting tool for close listening and grammar correction

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


This EFL class of first year middle school learners (aged 11-12) are listening to recordings of their own voices, a short exchange with one question and one answer which they had written and recorded in pairs the day before. One learner comes to the board, hears a question, and must choose which of the three questions on the board corresponds to what they hear.  They do the same for the answer. The teacher encourages the class to comment and correct where appropriate. In the next phase of the activity (not shown) the class discusses and corrects incorrect questions and answers.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 12+

Language level: A2 - Lower Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Content marking, Sound

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

They have a recording of a very very short dialogue, just one question and one answer. And they have to identify these questions and answers among two other possibilities. Some of them are correct, some of them are not grammatically correct. So they have two steps. The first step is to identify what they heard, and the second step is to check the grammar and syntax. 

I had two objectives: I wanted it to be listening exercise. And I wanted them to hear their own mistakes, because when they speak they don't realize their mistakes, and I think it's very good for them to be able to hear their mistakes.

Learner comments

Enquêteur : Comment vous avez fait les enregistrements?  [How did you make the recordings?]

Apprenant : Elle nous a interrogé. En fait il fallait se retrouver, écrire une phrase sur un brouillon, et il fallait dire une phrase et que l'autre il réponde à la question. On est passé au tableau, elle nous a enregistré
[She had us present.  In fact, we had to get together, write a sentence on a piece of paper, say the sentence and the other answered the question.  We went up to the board and she recorded us.]



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