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Rooms of the House: Group work with the spotlight tool for vocabulary practice

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


This mixed level primary class has been organised using a stationwork or carousel approach, with three groups circling around three activities: various activities at the IWB, listening individually at computers, and individual worksheets, all on the topic of the rooms of the house. In this extract, the learners take turns coming to the board to use the spotlight tool and guess which room is hidden. Once they have guessed, they enlarge the spotlight to see more of the image and check their answer. The teacher helps them to recall and pronounce the words, and other group members contribute.




Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 6+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Spotlight

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB, Station / carousel work

Language area: Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I don't know if it's really just the board, but they are interacting in a way. Because when the learner who is at the board doesn't know a word, the other ones maybe know, and help them.  So they help him build his vocabulary.

Well that is a way for me to trigger a little of their curiosity. And it doesn't matter how many times I use this tool, they are still wanting to discover what's behind. I thought they are going to be sick of it, but no. So here they get the clues and the clues remind them of the full picture, and then they remember the word.  And still, if you don't know the word, it's ok, it's not really for example here Thomas - it's not his job to learn the name the of the room, it's the others who have to do it. And they can argue - this is the bedroom, no it's not the bedroom. It's the living room, so here there's more interaction between them I think.

Learner comments

Enquêteur :  Qu'est-ce que vous avez appris en anglais aujourd'hui? [What did you learn today in English?]
Apprenant : On a appris les pièces de la maison [We learned the rooms of the house]
Enquêteur : Et combien de pièces vous pouvez encore me dire? [How many names of rooms can you remember?]
Apprenant : The bathroom
Apprenant : The bedroom
Apprenant : The kitchen
Apprenant : The garage
Apprenant : The toilet
Apprenant : The garden
Apprenant : The living room
Apprenant : and the ...
Enquêteur : Where do you watch the..
Apprenant : The lounge!

Apprenant : Il y avait aussi un petit rond qu'on déplaçait et on voyait des coins de la pièce et après on visitait la maison
[There was a spotlight that we could move around to see the corners of the rooms and after we could visit the house]


Other comments

You might spot a little slip by the teacher when she forgets to reduce the size of the spotlight before moving to the second page, but she makes a fluent repair by reducing the spotlight window and moving forward another page, effectively discarding the inadvertantly revealed image.



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