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Leisure: using the pen tool to circle key vocabulary

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This clip took place in the context of a Welsh lesson practicing the different vocabulary associated with leisure time. This clip was taken from the last activity of the lesson whereby the learners were revising the vocabulary practiced during the lesson. The teacher used the IWB to present a letter written by a certain character from 'Moshi Monsters' (a new online game where pets can be virtually adopted). The teacher asked individual learners to come to the IWB and circle what the character liked and disliked doing in their leisure time.  A yellow pen was used to circle likes and the red pen was used to circle dislikes. 

[The teacher is using Smart software on a Promethean IWB.] 



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Content marking

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I chose this clip because it demonstrated how the IWB can be used by the children, to practice reading text and consolidate understanding of vocabulary in an enjoyable way. The clip shows how the children were confident to use the whiteboard pen and annotate words on the IWB. The clip also showed how all of them were enthusiastic to take part in the task and use the IWB.

I used the IWB in this extract to reinforce the vocabulary learnt during the lesson and previously. It also enabled the children to develop their skills with the use of the IWB through learner participation. 

Children had to interact with the IWB through use of the whiteboard pen. They were expected to recognise how this function would allow them to demonstrate their understanding through annotating accurate words in Welsh.

Learner comments

If you do it wrong you can still rub it out but the work that is already on there [the IWB] stays on there.

On the IWB you can change it and ... it's easier to rub out but on the [normal] whiteboard it's not as easy to rub out.  You can rub it out but it's not as easy to rub it out.

I liked the letter from the Moshi Monsters ... because I like Moshi Monsters and I like using the IWB because it's fun. It's a fun way to learn.


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