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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, the teacher has asked the learners to take out their mini-whiteboards before explaining what they will do. She provides a quick summary in French at the end to ensure the learners understand the activity.


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

"Here, it's very simple, all the work is done. What's very important is that, you work before, and when we're working with the children, you're ONLY with the children. You have to think before what you're going to do, and do it very carefully […] It's easier. For everything. For the children, who have everything on the screen. And for me, it's easier." 

Learner comments

Enquêteur : De manière générale, depuis que vous êtes dans cette classe, cette année, quelle est la meilleure chose que vous avez faite avec le TBI en anglais?
Apprenant : "Qui est-ce qui"!
Apprenant : J'adore "qui est-ce qui"!
Enquêteur : Est-ce que vous pensez que c'est plus facile quand on travaille au TBI ou est-ce que ça vous plait?
Apprenant : Ca nous plait
Apprenant : C'est plus rigolo
Apprenant : C'est mieux, on apprend vraiment mieux avec!
Enquêteur : Pourquoi?
Apprenant : On peut faire plein de choses qu’au tableau c'est difficile à faire!
Apprenant : Oui c'est rigolo que quand on se trompe au moins on rigole quand la maitresse elle se trompe!
Interviewer: What's the best thing you've done with the IWB in English this year?
Learner: "Guess who"!
Learner: I love "guess who"!
Interviewer: Do you think it’s easier when you work with the IWB or do you just like to work with it?
Learner: We like it
Learner:It’s more fun
Learner: It’s better, we really learn better with it!
Interviewer: Why?
Learner: We can do lots of things that will be difficult to do with a [normal] board!
Learner: Yes, it’s fun that when someone makes a mistake at least everybody laughs, even when the teacher makes one!



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