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The Bear Hunt: Embedded audio and pictures to support oral question and answer pairs

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


This special education primary class of learners aged 7 to 11 are working on Michael Rosen's picture book "We're going on a bear hunt," chosen for its rhythmic appeal and repetitive structure. The teacher is aiming to offer a wide variety of resources on this topic using audio, visual and kinesthetic supports with the goals of helping learners memorise vocabulary (family members, prepositions) and ask and answer questions ("What is it?" "It's a bear"). She uses the IWB to centralise these resources and to support both language comprehension and production. In the excerpt, the teacher models circling the picture with the pen, asking the class "What is it?" and checking the learner's reponse using the audio player. We then see two learners complete the same sequence.




Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Content marking, Image, Sound

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

And in this document, we have everything together. I don't have to look for it on the internet and say "oh just wait, I have to look for...." Just push the button, and it's there. It's very important to have a lot of variety of activities on the same document.


Learner comments

Enquêteur : Vous avez travaillé sur quoi aujourd'hui ? [What did you work on today?]
Apprenant : L'histoire de l'ours! [The story about the bear]
Enquêteur : L'histoire de l'ours. Ca fait longtemps que vous travaillez dessus?  [The bear story. Have you been working on it for long?]
Apprenant : Oui [Yes]
Enquêteur : Elle est bien cette histoire? [Is is a good story?]
Apprenants : Oui! [Yes!]



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