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Labelling pictures with contrasting adjectives in preparation for grammar practice

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


This class of fourteen 12-13 year olds are studying English in their second year of French middle school (college). We see their second lesson on the comparative ("bigger than", "more intelligent than"), and the teacher is using inductive methods to elicit the comparative forms based on pairs of images before inviting the learners to define the English rule for the formation of the comparative. In a previous activity, the class has moved the images to create contrasting pairs ("short" and "tall), and in this excerpt they write adjectives describing pairs of contrasting pictures ("ugly" versus "beautiful", "big" versus "small") and then give an oral description of their picture ("Angelina Jolie is beautiful").  In the following activity, they will create comparative sentences based on the vocabulary which they are contributing here.



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: Image, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition), Other

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

Teacher: She did it wrong the first time, and then she came up again to correct herself. She sat down, she opened the book - I can't remember if it was the book or the copy book, because she knew it wasn't spelled this way. So she checked her book, she didn't want to leave it this way. So that was great. Because if it was in her copybook, she wouldn't have cared.

Learner comments

On a fait des comparaisons, et on s'est servi d'une image projetée pour pouvoir former la comparaison [We did comparisons, and we used an image that was projected to form the comparative]



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