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Guess Who? listening: 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, they have to identify which of 10 head shots corresponds to each short oral description they hear on the recording. In this extract, we see the teacher play the recording, repeat it herself more slowly with gestures to aid comprehension, and remind the learners not to answer immediately, but to write the number corresponding to their guess on their slates (= non-digital mini-whiteboards).



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 9+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Sound

Teaching methods: Whole class instruction

Language area: Listening, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

It goes too quickly, so we have to make it accessible for them after all. That's important too. To give them a chance to be successful […] They need to be positive. Otherwise they'll give up. They'll lose interest and say "Forget it. I don't understand anything anyway." That's important. Of course it takes more time because there are ten [characters to identify] in the activity. 

Learner comments

Enquêteur : Vous arrivez à réviser après la classe?
Apprenant : On va sur internet sur les sites des "minischool"
Apprenant :  y a certaines classes qui ne l'ont pas, la classe d'à côté elle n'a pas de "minischool". On peut envoyer des messages à nos copains, des blagues...
Apprenant :  De tout
Enquêteur : Et elle [la maitresse] met des devoirs dessus?
Apprenant :  Oui, on a le carnet de liaison, on a le cahier de textes, on a même le profil
P: On a aussi la carte
Apprenant :  Et elle vous donne ça comme devoirs ou vous y allez juste quand vous voulez?
P: Non, non, ça on fait quand on veut!
Apprenant :  Quand on veut! Et c'est en ligne d'accord!
Enquêteur : Donc vous allez sur le site de l'école et après vous avez un lien pour aller faire autre chose ?
P: Oui, on a un mot de passe et un identifiant.
Interviewer: Can you revise after school?
Learner: We go on the internet, on the “minischool” websites
Learner: Not every class has it, the class next door doesn’t have a “minischool”.  We can send messages to our friends, jokes…
Learner:: everything
Interviewer: and she [the teacher] uploads homework on there?
Learner: Yes, we have our liaison book, we have our homework notebook, we even have a profile
Learner: We also have a map
Interviewer: And you go on the “minischool” as homework or you can access whenever you want?
Learner: No, no, we go whenever we want
Interviewer: When you want! And it’s online! So you go on the school website, and there you find a link to do something else?
Learner: Yes, we have a password and a log in.



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