This activity practices descriptive and active listening skills. Students sit back to back. One is a "speaker" who must describe the picture he is given. The other is a "listener" who has a blank sheet of paper and a pencil and must draw what is described to him. No peeking allowed! The pair must rely on voice only for communication.
The speaker must describe their picture to the listener. In turn, the listener must be active and ask good questions to get the details of the picture right. If the listener is passive, this is a very difficult task!
After a set period of time, speakers and listeners compare pictures. Which pair had the best match? How helpful was the speaker? Did the listener ask good questions to get all the details?
Students always enjoy the big reveal and the activity generates a lot of discussion about miscommunication and the importance of attention to detail.
Five pictures are in this pack, including a blank sheet for cutting up. The pictures provided are abstract, and can be described several ways. There are a few tricks to explain, so it's important for the listeners to get all the details.
Students can practice:
Active listening skills for understanding including asking questions for detail, checking and confirming information, getting someone to slow down, and asking for repetition.
Descriptive skills for describing unique images and situations where the perfect word is not always available.
Telephone or teleconference listening (when you cannot see the other person's face.)
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Draw It! Picture Description Activity Game for ESL / EFL Handout