Good to do soon after Essential Phrases. (Practice asking me to repeat.)
I am going to describe an interesting picture. This is a black and white photograph that was taken in 1939 at London Zoo.
- I read the description once quickly, with pencils down.
- The second time, students draw, asking me to slow down, repeat, spell: anything so that they can understand. They use the “essential phrases” they have been taught before.
- When finished, students compare pictures and draw a final group version on the flip chart.
- I project the actual script and allow Ss to adjust their images and note new language.
- Optional: In pairs/groups, try to re-create my description from memory. Groups merge and compare. Finally compare with my version. (Or can ask a representative to write it on the WB and then correct it.)
This is a black and white photography that was taken in 1939 at London Zoo. We see a young Chinese photographer called Ming taking a photograph of his friend Mike, a little English boy. Mike is on the right hand side of the photograph. He is sitting on a chair wearing black shorts and a long-sleeved T-shirt with a collar. Ming is on the left. His camera is on a tripod, but since Ming is not very tall, he is standing on a chair to reach it.
Showing the picture
“Would you like to see the photograph? You may get a surprise when you see it. Why might you be surprised?”
An opportunity to work with question forms.
Clue: Ming is also wearing a collar, but a different type to the one Mike is wearing.
- Show picture.
- Note: The boy is Michael Hardy, photographer Bert Hardy’s son.
Follow-up for stronger groups
Divide the class into two. Half need to be facing away from the WB. Show an interesting picture, which the people that can see it will describe to their partners. Encourage interaction and questions about what’s there. The response could be:
- repeat the description
- draw the picture
When they’re through show the picture. Swap places and repeat.