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We're going on a bear hunt: Using video to support story retell

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

Description

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.

 

 

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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

Teacher comment

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.

Learner comments

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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