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Guess Who? answers: Using audio and images for listening comprehension on the head and face

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


This class of primary EFL learners (aged 9-10) have been working on vocabulary related to the head and face. In this culminating Guess Who? activity, the learners had to identify which of 10 head shots corresponds to each short oral description they hear on the recording, writing the numbers corresponding to the pictures in the correct order on their mini wipe-off boards.  To check their answers, the teacher replays each recording, elicits responses from the class and writes the correct number on the board. Then a learner comes to remove the yellow rectangle covering the answer key to check the class' solution.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 9+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image, Sound, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

Teacher: "You have the correction here, you can recount, you can control.  They can see the correction in English, and compare with their slates, if it's ok or not.  And I don't have to see all the slates, they can correct that, and then they can see, "oh, I have one mistake, 5 mistakes, etc"

Interviewer: "What particular features, or tools, aspects, of the IWB, help contribute to language acquisition?"

Teacher:  "The pictures, the big pictures..to listen.  To listen to another voice.  It's easier with the IWB.  The CD is ok, but it's not very efficient.  Here you've got the picture and the MP3, you can match them.  When you've got "the nose, the mouth" and you can match with the audio...on the IWB you can, without, you can't."


Learner comments

Interviewer: Qu'est-ce que vous avez appris aujourd'hui ? [What did you learn today?]
Learner: Nos visages [Our faces]
Learner: Les oreilles [Ears]
Interviewer: Alors dites-moi un peu en anglais qu'est-ce que vous retenez comme mot?
[So tell me in English which words you remember]
Learner: Moustache
Interviewer: Moustache, ça c'est facile [that's an easy one] What else?
Learner: Cap
Interviewer: Cap! What's this?
Learner: A big nose
Learner: A big nose, un gros nez [a big nose]


Other comments

For greater clarity, the teacher could even have written the numbers on the yellow rectangle itself.  We see her use the opportunity to have the learner repeat the numbers in English, which they find difficult when they are presented out of order.



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