We're going on a bear hunt: Using video to support story retellUploaded 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 including this video of the author chanting and miming the story. One learner launches the video directly from the IWB page then the class follow the story, singing along and miming with the teacher.
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: French
Age range: 7+
Language level: A1 - beginner
Educational context: Primary Education
IWB Features: Sound, Video
Teaching methods: Whole class instruction
Language area: Listening/Viewing, Pronunciation, Vocabulary
IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite
They see a real person, and because they know, because I explained that it was the real author. So it's not just an image that I took on the internet. So I think it's very important for them to understand that this is a man, that this a book, a story, and also it's a song. And because they see, they are watching the author, miming all the words, the whole story, I think that's very important to memorize. So I think it's a very good support.
During the focus group interview, one learner spontaneously sings the first part of the story; the teacher later recounted that she continued to sing snatches of the song throughout that school day. In the interview, the whole group recites the first verse with the interviewer with evident enjoyment.
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