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Classroom objects: using the magic box technique for vocabulary

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


This class of primary school learners of English (8-9 years old) is working on the topic of classroom objects. In this extract we see the very start of the session, where the teacher creates suspense by introducing the "magic schoolbag" and invites individual learners to come to the IWB to find the hidden objects. Both teacher and learners pronounce and repeat the words several times, reviewing groups of words in the middle and at the end of the activity.




Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 8+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

IWB board used: eInstruction / Interwrite

Teacher comment

They know all the classroom objects, and I thought that this was a something interesting, to have a magic school bag, instead of taking a real school bag. At the board, it's more fun for them to learn the vocabulary.

Learner comments

Interviewer: Alors combien de ces mots-là on peut dire encore en anglais?  […] Comment on dit stylo, crayon en anglais par exemple?
[So how many of these words can you still remember in English? […] How do we say stylo, crayon in English for example?

Learner: Le crayon c'est pencil. [Le crayon is pencil]

Interviewer: Pencil oui, un autre mot non? [Pencil, yes, another word?]

Learner: Et le stylo, le stylo rouge par exemple c'est red pen [And the stylo rouge for example is red pen]



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