One way of encouraging effective interaction for learning is by using information gap activities. These are activities in which each learner in a pair or a group has information which the other learners do not have (the information gap).The learners then interact with each other in order to share their information and find out what they can from the others, for example to solve a problem or make decisions.
Information gap activities are useful in CLIL because they give learners a reason to speak to which other, which encourages participation from all learners and so gives them opportunities to practice their speaking skills (for example taking turns in conversations, initiating conversations, and giving short and longer answers). They also need to understand each other’s ideas correctly to complete the tasks.
In this clip, the teacher uses an information gap activity to encourage learners to produce more spoken output. This clip was filmed at the Isendoorn College in Warnsveld. The learners are third year pupils (average age 14-15), The subject is History and the teacher is Yvonne Boelman.