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Animal vocabulary: Hide and reveal to support guessing from text and oral clues

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


This class of primary school EFL learners (9-10 years old) is revising animal vocabulary from earlier lessons with a guessing game. The teacher reads aloud the short text, elicits guesses from the learners, and when the learners have agreed on an answer, selects one to come and remove the yellow box covering the picture of the animal in question. The teacher provides sustained oral input by modeling both questions and answers: "Is it a ____?" "Yes, it is."


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

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Listening, Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

Teacher: They read, they listen, they verify the answer […]  It's easier for them to see.

Interviewer: Easier for you too?

Teacher: Yes, because I worked before, and now I'm only with the children.  Working with them, not thinking what I'm writing at the moment."

Learner comments

Apprenant : Le TBI c'est beaucoup mieux!
Enquêteur : Pourquoi c'est mieux avec le TBI?
Apprenant : Parce qu'il y a le stylet et on peut faire déplacer écrire...
Enquêteur : Mais là dans cette activité là vous n'êtes pas passés au tableau?
Apprenant : Si si, je suis passée! Pour monter le carré qui cachait les bonnes réponses.
Learner: The IWB is much better!
Interviewer: Why is it much better with the IWB?
Learner: Because there is the pen, you can drag things, write...
Interviewer: But, in this activity here, you did not go to the board.
Learner: Yes, yes, I did! To drag the square on top of the correct answers.



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