Using photo clip outs for converstion in the ESL classroom
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:
- What is this place?
- Who are the people?
- What are they doing?
- Why are they doing this?
- 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.