Secondary learners reconstructing textUploaded by Graham Stanley, British Council Barcelona (Spain)
Teacher reveals line-by-line a descriptive text about computer game (Hetherdale, http://www.bubblebox.com/play/adventure/1747.htm) and the learners remember the language that is written next. This took place after the learners had tried to reconstruct the text in pairs.
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: Catalan
Age range: 15+
Language level: B1 - Intermediate
Educational context: Secondary Education
IWB Features: Hide & Reveal
Teaching methods: Whole class questioning
Language area: Other, Reading, Speaking
IWB board used: Promethean
A descriptive paragraph (about the computer game, Hetherdale) was displayed on the board one sentence at a time, using the blind tool to hide and then reveal each line. The teacher asked the learners to read each line of text in turn and predict how the text continues. After doing this, the teacher blanked the screen and then asked the learners to reconstruct the text in pairs. This video clip follows this activity, with the learners and teacher checking the answers by revealing the text again line by line.
"I enjoyed reading about the game and then remembering what we had read - it made me want to play the game, although in the end we didn't have much time left to do this - I suppose I will have to play the actual game at home."
"Doing this activity without the IWB would be difficult - I think the value of it is that as you ask learners to predict what's coming next in the text, you are drawing upon what they already know about the language, asking them to come up with collocations and guess prepositions, etc. This is something that is very useful for them to do when reading anyway, as it requires the learners to think about meaning and helps them process this meaning. It also turns a very simple and short piece of text into a fun reading and then writing activity."
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