The IWB activities & ideas series 4

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

In this article we will present 2 different activities focusing on vocabulary and speaking respectively.

Activity 1: Word mind-mapping

Aim: To develop mind-mapping skills for vocabulary storing and recycling
Level: Any
Language focus: Any vocabulary topic

Procedure: Ask the learners if they know what a mind map is. Display one or more examples on the board if needed. Explain to the learners that the class is going to produce a vocabulary mind map related to Houses and Buildings.

Open a new mind map and enter the Houses and Buildings as the central topic. Try to elicit the subtopics and enter them appropriately in the mind map. For example, Flats, Country houses, Villas, Cottages etc.

Divide the class in groups to match the number of subtopics mentioned earlier. Allow the groups to work for ten to fifteen minutes to brainstorm words related to their subtopics. Encourage them to think of nouns, verbs and collocations.

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 Finally, each groups reports and a volunteer from each group enters the words in their correct position on the mind map. The rest of the groups may add words from other subtopics which they think they have been omitted.

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Activity 2: Digital conversations
Aim: To encourage speaking from script for a short video clip
Level: Any
Language focus: Speaking

Procedure: Carefully select and record or download a video which includes a variety of characters interacting and if possible in a variety of settings. You may use a series of unrelated video clips if needed. Even homemade video from family gatherings would do!!

Divide the class in pairs, hide the picture and ask them to listen to the audio from the video speculating about the scene, the characters, their relationship, the setting, background noises etc. Elicit ideas from the each pair.

Then, turn off the sound and play the video. This time though, the students watch the video but the dialogue must be guessed.

Finally, ask the learners to write the new script and then, allow them to read their scripts, as a voice over while the video is playing.

The scripts may have a serious or fun content or they may even have the restriction to use specific grammatical structures or functions.


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