Using Interactive Worlds with adult learners


MEC Training Coordinator, Steph Earnshaw, writes:

Using Interactive Worlds with adult learners

Although the Interactive Worlds are designed for 10-14 year olds, some of the content could easily be used with adults at pre-intermediate to intermediate level. After all, everyone likes to watch videos in class, and why should young learners get all the fun?!

Here’s an idea for a lesson using MEC Interactive Worlds resources with adult learners. You can also click below to download the lesson plan in pdf form.


Interactive Worlds video lesson plan.pdf ( KB)


1.      Log in to MEC and open up the Interactive Worlds. Go to The Natural World. Open up the Zone called ‘Animals Communicating’ and go to the resource called ‘Cetaceans: description’. This resource comes with a downloadable worksheet which you should print out before the lesson. Just click on the worksheet icon at the top of the page to open the document, then print out enough copies for everyone in your class.

Remember that you can also find a list of new vocabulary in the ‘A-Z’ link at the top of the page.

1.      In the ‘Animals Communicating’ Zone, go to the ‘Cetaceans video’ and click ‘Read’ to open the script for the video. Print out enough copies for all of your learners and then cut the script up so that each sentence is on a separate piece of paper. You’ll need to give one set of text to each learner. If you want to make this more difficult you could cut the text mid-sentence.

2.      In the ‘Animals Communicating’ Zone, go to ‘Which species: elephants or cetaceans?’ and open the Web Project by clicking the worksheet icon at the top of the screen. Print out enough copies of the Web Project for all of your learners.


1.      Go to ‘Animals Communicating’ and open up the ‘Elephants and Cetaceans’ page. The lesson focuses on Cetaceans so you’ll need to cover the rest of the page. If you are using an IWB you can cover up the text relating to elephants using the IWB tools. If you are using a data projector you can cover it with the ‘hint’ or the ‘Help’ box from the resource itself. Elicit the name of the animals in the picture from your learners. Ask them if they know what the scientific name for the animal is.

2.      Hand out the ‘Cetaceans: communication facts’ worksheet and tell your learners to read the text about cetaceans on the board (or on their screens if you are working in a computer room) and answer any questions they can on the worksheet.

3.  Go to ‘Cetaceans: description’ and play the listening to your learners. To find the resource click

     on ‘Home’ and hover over the ‘Animals Communicating’ Zone.

4.  Ask the class to fill in any more answers that they can on the worksheet.

Video resource

1.      Once the video has finished give out the cut up script and ask them to put the sentences in the correct order.

2.    Compare answers as a class.

1.      Ask your learners to complete the questions on the worksheet and then compare answers as a class.


If you are in a computer lab, give out a copy of the Web Project you printed off earlier to each of your students and ask them to complete the tasks as described for dolphins only. They will need to look at the website to complete this task.

If you are using an IWB or data projector and are not in a computer lab you can set the above task as a homework activity. To end the lesson do the ‘Fact check’ and the ‘Cetaceans summary’ resources as a class and then ask your learners to note down 5 facts they have learned today about cetaceans along with any new vocabulary they have learned. Ask them to write 3-5 questions about cetaceans and ask their partner to answer the questions.

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