Can't get your students to talk??? Give them something to talk about!
Sometimes one of the biggest challenges in ESL classrooms is simply getting students to open up and try to talk. This lesson plan includes fun pictures focused on a real-life context to get learners using meaningful language for everyday situations.
The target audience of this lesson is high beginning or intermediate level English language learners, but it could be adapted to any level. The lesson focuses on the real-life context of making a return or exchange in a store. It would fit well in an ESL life-skills shopping unit. The main focus of the lesson is on speaking skills, but I included several ideas to use this also as a writing, listening and reading lesson.
This lesson plan includes:
- 2 pages of suggested activities for the teacher to expand the lesson
- 1 page of suggested vocabulary to pre-teach
- 1 page of group discussion questions to activate/build background knowledge
- 8 fun picture frames to prompt conversation and story writing
- 1 page of question prompts to guide students if they need ideas to help them talk about the pictures (1 set of prompts for each frame)
- 1 page of sentence strips to cut apart for use in the extension activities
- 1 complete written story to accompany the frames for use in the extension activities
I've used picture stories a lot with my learners at all levels and it's something they love! There is so much you can do with them to practice speaking, writing, listening, grammar, etc. They also allow students to use their creativity and have fun while learning for authentic life situations!
The sketches in this document are all original. I plan to create more stories like this for other life-skills topics in the near future. So...if you like this one, please check back for more or put in requests for a particular topic! Enjoy!