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Maze drawing: using the pen to choose a route through the maze to reinforce prepositions

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). In this activity, learners use the pen to mark a route through the maze while the teacher provides an oral commentary using the targetted prepositions of direction: over, under and through. The learners are keen to try: we hear them ask "Can I do it?" for permission to come to the board. They choose different pen colours, and we see how the teacher helps one learner select a new colour and unobtrusively uses the mouse to help him negotiate a difficult corner.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Ad Hoc Annotation, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

And it's more dynamic than only the book. I can put myself on the side, I am not the only focus of attention. Because normally it's me who reads the story, I have the book in my hand, I read, and at the same time I choose the pictures. The time, the images here - it's not me. It's just the group with the support. So with only the book we can't do that.

Learner comments

Enquêteur : Qu'est-ce qu'il fallait faire ici?  [What were you supposed to do here?]
Apprenant : Ca c'est le jeu!  [That was the game]
Apprenant : Le chemin [The path]
Apprenant : C'est le labyrinthe [It's the maze]
Apprenant : Il faut faire un chemin pour aller jusqu'à l'ours [You have to draw a path to the bear]
Enquêteur : D'accord! Et quels sont les mots qu'il faut utiliser là ? Que la maitresse elle a dit? [OK, and what words did you have to use?  That the teacher said?]
Apprenant : En haut, a droite [Up, right]



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