In the ESL classroom it can be difficult to get your students speaking in English for extended periods of time. In this fun activity, students describe a picture to a partner who must listen and draw without seeing the picture. This is a perfect activity for students to practice their speaking and listening skills and it’s a fun way to practice using prepositions of place.
This lesson has three parts:
1.Before the activity: vocabulary and practice sentences
- Students review the vocabulary words that they will need in order to complete the activity.
- Students write the translation for words they don’t know.
- Students choose 6 words that they don’t know and write sentences using the words.
- Students draw a picture that represents their sentence
2. Describe and Draw Activity:
- One student will describe their picture and the other student will listen and try to draw it.
- Students use their vocabulary words to describe the objects and their positions.
- When students think they have finished they should compare the picture and the drawing and discuss what they did well and what could be improved
- Students then switch roles.
3. After the activity:
- To review their vocabulary, students write sentences about each picture from the activity.
- This may be used as an assessment piece or given as a quiz.
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