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Prepositions: drag and drop with embedded audio to reinforce form and meaning

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 listen to the instructions ("Put the bear under the cave") read the labels and then drag the bear to the correct position with respect to the cave to show their understanding. We hear the learners repeat phrases from the story ("over it") and see one learner make the appropriate hand gesture as well.




Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Image, Sound

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Pronunciation, Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

I think it's a situation of real communication. Because you have to hear, and to listen to a sentence. And they have to understand, and they have to do. So I think it's real. Not only a word. Because most of time, they just say "bear". There's no sense. So I think it has to make sense. So I think it's a good thing. So maybe I'm gonna re-use it. 

Learner comments

Enquêteur : Et ici qu'est-ce qu'il fallait faire?  [What did you have to do here?]
Apprenant : Il fallait, en fait, passer à travers pour aller through [In fact, you had to go through]
Enquêteur : Voilà parce qu'il passait dans la grotte [That's right because it was going into the cave]
Apprenant : Parce que c'est sa maison la grotte [Because the cave is its house]



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