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Story characters: matching words and pictures for family members in story

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. Here her goal is to help learners memorise the vocabulary related to family members. The learners are mostly non-readers, so the exercise also promotes decoding skills and phonemic awareness as they rely on initial sounds and letters.



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

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

Interviewer: The next question is about diverse learning needs, special needs, and so, do you think the IWB is particularly relevant for them?  
Teacher: Yes, because they don't make sense of a lot of things.  Even in French, so in English it's harder.
Interviewer: So it helps them to make sense.   
Teacher: To make sense. Because they have the pictures, so they have to make connections.   
Interviewer: So they're supported, but also stimulated to try and make sense. If you were teaching this lesson again, or you gave the lesson to someone else, how would you advise them to teach it?
Teacher: Maybe to have simple instructions, and not so many. And I think maybe the activities when they don't have to speak, are not necessary.

Learner comments

Enquêteur : Et qu'est-ce qu'il fallait faire ici?  [What did you have to do here?]
Apprenant : Il y a des prénoms et il faut les relier  [There are names and you have to match them]
Apprenant : Il fallait aller retrouver le truc de son nom [You had to go and in the thing and its name]



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