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Secondary learner discussion around video game

Uploaded by Graham Stanley, British Council Barcelona (Spain)


Teacher and secondary learner discuss the options presented at the beginning of the videogame 'Spent' (http://playspent.org), which draws attention to the difficulties of living on a low income in the U.S. The learner has to choose one of three jobs to contiue the game and the learner and teacher discuss the typical salary and conditions of a 'restuarant server' in the USA. The IWB here is used instead of the mouse, with the learner at the board and the teacher at the computer, using the mouse to indicate at times to the learner something on the board. 


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: Catalan

Age range: 16+

Language level: B2 - Upper Intermediate

Educational context: Secondary Education

IWB Features: Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Speaking, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

"This was the first time that I have used a videogame in class with the IWB and I was pleased with the reaction from the learners. This is a small class of six learners, and only two of them came to class that day, but they were both engaged with the content of the game, and part of that engagement came from them being able to interact at the board rather than standing at the PC with the mouse."

Learner comments

"I enjoyed learning about U.S. culture with this game, and looking at the differences between working and living conditions in the U.S and those in Europe."

Other comments

"This clip shows the IWB mainly beng used as a large touch screen, with the learners able to interact by clicking directly on the board with the pen rather than facing the computer screen and using a mouse."

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