Clothing: using the flip camera to record and play back learners' conversationUploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)
This video clip took place in the context of a lesson on revising the vocabulary for different items of clothing in Welsh. The first part of the clip shows the class are divided into groups to complete various activities. As part of those activities one pair was selected to perform a roleplay using puppets. The roleplay was based in a clothes shop with the shop assistant helping the customer find certain clothes in particular colours. A third learner was then required to use a flip camera to record the conversation. Once the conversation had been completed the teacher uploaded the video file and played it back to the whole class using the IWB for the learners to assess their speaking skills.
Target language: Welsh
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: English
Age range: 5+
Language level: A1 - beginner
Educational context: Primary Education
IWB Features: Record and play back, Video
Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Pairwork, Roleplay
Language area: Listening/Viewing, Speaking
IWB board used: Promethean
The reason I used the flip camera in this situation so that obviously, one of the learning objectives was to look at the pronunciation of words so by using the flip camera they can hear it so when we put it on the IWB they can find their own ways that they would need to improve their pronunciation of the words that they were using. It may be that they felt they weren't loud enough but it helps them to become more confident when speaking and listening, really developing their oracy skills really.
The purpose of using the puppets and I do that quite a lot, they're just slightly more animated and they're more comfortable. They are putting themselves across in a different way so that although they know it is a puppet they do engage slightly better because it encourages them to be a bit more lively and enthusiastic in their approach to having a conversation. If they were just sat by a table and just read through the conversation they would have lost all interest after a couple of minutes whereas with the puppets they were acting it out and it brought it to life.
It allowed them to hear themselves because if you can't hear what you are saying in a conversation you can't really find your areas to improve.
When you are doing it without puppets you feel a bit nervous because you might mess it up. But because your face isn't seen, it's just the puppets, you don't feel that nervous. All you got to remember is get the words right and you have to learn the words. You didn't feel like oh no I'm going to mess it up.
It does help because when you're watching yourself back you learn more because you can see I shouldn't have done that or I need to learn this and it helps you learn more from your mistakes.
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