Using photo clip outs for converstion in the ESL classroom

Using photo clip outs for converstion in the ESL classroom

        
Age Group: High School, Junior High School
Subject: Speaking
Goal of Lesson: Develop speaking skills.
Time Needed: 30 minutes
Materials Needed: many clip outs of interesting pictures from magazines and newspapers

I've got a junior high school age class of quite high level students. Their English is very good, but they stop wanting to talk during these early teen years.  I decided to do something to get them to talk to each other. It worked quite well....

 

  • I prepare many magazine and newspaper cut outs of pictures and interesting ads.
  • I then put the class into pairs. They will do the talking and I will do the listening.
  • Next, I put 5 questions on the board:

 

 

  1. What is this place?
  2. Who are the people?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. Why are they doing this?
  5. Describe the picture.

 

 

  • Each pair gets 1 picture. One person will ask the questions on the board, the other must answer each question using 2 complete sentences.
  • I set my timer for 90 seconds and say "GO".
  • There is usually a lot of talking, and I walk around the room listening, correcting, and pushing students to talk.
  • After the 90 seconds is up, the pairs change photos, and the person who asked before now answers and vice versa.
  • I usually do this exercise with 6 groups and thus 6 pictures so everyone must describe each picture one time.

GOOD LUCK!

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