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CLIL lesson. Geographical features - Drag and drop

Uploaded by Paul B, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


This clip shows the class continuing with geographical features (focusing on water) and also introduces the notion of 'need' to the learners together with the linguistic element he/she/it does/doesn't need water. In this activity, learners are being asked to show their understanding of the expressions does / doesn't need... by identifying which animals or objects need or don't need water by dragging them into the correct column. As with a previous clip, the teacher selects the first learner by choosing their name from the pot of learners who haven't yet come to the board. Subsequent learners are selected by the previous learner choosing a new name from the pot. The learners' understanding of the language is reinforced by them being asked to form the sentence 'X does / doesn't need water' before they sit down.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Various

Age range: 6+

Language level: A2 - Lower Intermediate

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar

IWB board used: Hitachi Starboard

Teacher comment

This is really a concept checking activity and again is something where using the IWB helps, not only to keep the learners attention, but also allows me to see which learners are having difficulties with the language and which are fine. Getting the learners to repeat the sentence means that the weaker ones are able to hear the sentence lots of times and it helps them learn it and also understand the concept. I used a few items with the animals and objects, like Mr.Potato Head as I think it's more fun for the kids and also makes it more memorable. You can see that they are all very well-behaved, which is a huge benefit in a class of 20 plus 6 year-old kids whose attention can easily start to wander as the class goes on.

Learner comments


Do you like using the IWB?

Learner A: Yes, very much. It's big and there are lots of funny things. It's more easier (sic) to learn the things.

Learner B: I like that we can play on the board and become teacher.

Learner C: The best is when we can see our writing and can do a lot of different things.

What did you like about this activity?

Learner A: It helps me to learn new words and also to know (which) things need water.

Learner B: I like to use the board and move the things in the right place. It's funny and I learn more (this way)

Learner C: It was funny to do this when I am tired. I want to have a break but this makes me more happy.

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