Using the eraser to reveal contrasting pictures in an oral elicitation task.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 this activity, the learners erase a hidden picture alongside the one they can see, after formulating guesses using the structures ADJECTIVE + ER than and more ADJECTIVE than. The advantage of this activity is that even incorrect guesses such as we hear in this extract constitute opportunities for meaningful language production.
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: Hide & Reveal, Image
Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB
Language area: Grammar, Speaking
IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite
When I was preparing this activity, I was thinking to myself: to get them to guess what's just there, maybe I will give them the adjective, I will do the beginning of then sentence. But I thought to myself, what's the point in that? No, I want everything. I want them to remember an adjective, to compare, to do the grammar thing, to be able to compare, and imagine what's underneath. Let's be more ambitious. So that's what happened.
Enquêteur : Donc qu'est-ce qui vous a plu aujourd'hui?
[So what did you like about today's lesson?]
Apprenant : Deviner ce qui était caché [Guessing what was hidden]
Enquêteur : Elle fait ça d'habitude? [Does she usually do that?]
Apprenants : Non pas souvent [Not often]
Apprenants : Mais en fait ça change tout le temps en fait. On ne fait pas trop la même chose [But it always changes in fact. We don't really do the same thing]
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