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You in pictures Aim of the activity To practise language related to personal characteristics. Preparation If possible, make an OHT of the worksheet. Make one copy for each student. Procedure Project the OHT and give each student a worksheet. Check that students know the names of all the objects. Ask students to think about themselves and choose the five images that best represent them. In pairs or small groups, ask the students to explain their choices to each other. Variations a) Ask the students to choose one image that represents:
their mother / father their teacher / the class as a whole their best friend and then explain their choices in groups
The following variations can be used when students know each other well: b) In pairs, students guess each others choice of images before the discussion c) Students circle their five objects. The worksheets are then collected and randomly
distributed. Students try to guess whose worksheet they have before the discussion. From Inside Out Intermediate Resource Pack 1A (See Intros and Icebreakers file)
Reveal/ Flash a picture Aim of the activity To focus the students' attention at the beginning of a lesson. Also can be used to write a story. Preparation Find a picture with a lot of detail on it. It should be at least A4 size. Put a blank piece of paper on top of it so that it is hidden.
Procedure Hold the hidden picture up at the front of the class and slowly slip the blank piece of paper down to reveal the picture underneath. As you do this, pause for the students to guess the hidden details in the picture. Alternatively, flash the picture quickly in front of the class and ask them to call out what they think they saw in as much detail as possible. Flash it a second time if necessary. Extension Write What did you see? in the middle of the board. Get the students to call out their answers and write everything down at this stage. The class will hopefully find this very funny as they discover the strange tricks their eyes played on them. Then show them the original picture and invite a student to the board. With the classs help, they should amend, cross out or tick the information on the board. Perhaps the students could use the language to write a story in pairs.
Reveal a famous person Aim of the activity To focus the students' attention at the beginning of a lesson and to practise yes/no question forms. Preparation Find a picture of a famous person and stick "post-its" all over it to conceal it. Alternatively, if you have the necessary facilities, photocopy the picture onto an overhead projector transparency and cover that with "post-its". Procedure Display the concealed picture and tell the students that they are going to guess who the famous person is by asking you yes/no questions. Each time someone asks a question requiring the answer yes, take off one of the post-its in order to reveal part of the picture. Ensure their question form is correct! The person is thus revealed bit by bit as the post-its are removed. The activity ends when somebody guesses the identity of the famous person. N.B. If anyone thinks they know the identity of the mystery person before all the post-its have been removed, encourage them to write their guess down, rather than shout it out, so the rest of the class get a chance to carry on playing. Of course, this is a great activity to introduce the topics of celebrity, films, TV etc.
Guess a picture Aim of the activity To focus the students' attention at the beginning of a lesson. Preparation Find an interesting picture. It doesn't matter how big it is.
Procedure Hold the picture so that you can see it but the students cannot. Tell the students that they are going to guess what the picture is by asking you yes/no questions. Do not give them any more information than that until they ask you questions. Alternatively, describe the picture (either giving true information or describing something totally different) and ask the students to guess whether the description was true or false. Finally, show the picture for confirmation.
Predict the other half of a picture Aim of the activity To practise present continuous for actions happening now. To recycle a vocabulary area. Preparation Find a picture with a lot of detail, people in action and vocabulary items as appropriate. Procedure Display the picture on an overhead projector or copy the picture with one half missing and hand out a copy to each pair of students in the class. Ask the students to guess what is happening in the other half of the picture. They can either shout out their guesses for you to write on the board, or write a list of sentences to be checked off by another pair of students when the other half of the picture is revealed. Set a time limit or a minimum number of sentences. Reveal the other half of the picture and award points for correct guesses.
Predict the headlines and stories from photos Aim To predict the headline and content of newspaper/magazine articles and to heighten motivation for reading. Preparation Choose a selection of newspaper/magazine articles (of interest to your students) with photos illustrating them, one for each pair of students. Stick them on separate sheets of paper with the photo on one side and the headline and article on the other. Number them. Procedure 1) Put the students in pairs. Give each student a photo to look at. Tell them not to look at the headline and article yet. 2) Tell the students to predict the content of their article by looking at the photo and to invent a headline to go with it and to write it on a piece of paper. Under the headline, tell them to write a sentence summarising the article. 3) Tell the students to turn over and read their article. 4) Collect in the photos/articles and display them on a desk or on the floor. Collect in the pieces of paper and number them. Display these next to the photos/articles. 5) Tell students in pairs to match the predicted headlines to the photos.
6) Give the correct answers and discuss any problems. 7) Tell students to choose another article to read in pairs. Alternative Divide the class into two groups. Group A students receive a photo relating to a newspaper article and group B students receive the headline relating to one of the articles. Students stand up and find their partner by reading out the headline or showing and describing their photo. Once the students have found their partner, they can sit together and try to work out what the whole article is about. Each pair of students can then prepare a short talk telling the rest of the group about the possible content of their article.
Jigsaw answers Aim To warm up the class with a multi-tasking challenge involving question practice leading to a topic based discussion of the article relating to the photo. Preparation Cut one large photo out of a newspaper for every four students and one for yourself. Procedure 1) Show the students a large photo cut from a newspaper. Tear it into eight and mix up the pieces so that some are face down on the table. 2) Ask the class to try to stop you from remaking the photo (like a jigsaw) by firing questions at you in any order. These could be personal questions in general or on a specific theme. 3) You must answer all the questions. 4) If you manage to put the photo back together in a minute, youve won. If not, they have. 5) Repeat the activity with one large photo (torn into eight pieces) per group of four students. 6) Once pieced together by one of the students, a group discussion relating to the topic can then take place.
Descriptions of places - associations Aim of the activity To practise creative writing and speaking. Preparation Get a large selection of picture postcard scenes. Procedure Ask each student to choose a postcard which appeals to them in some way. Tell them to imagine that they are walking just beyond the edge of the picture and to note
down the following: 1 - something they can see on their right 2 - something they can hear 3 - something they can see on the left 4 - something they can smell 5 - something they pick up along the way 6 - something they can see coming towards them which they don't like
Tell students to compare and explain their ideas in pairs. This can then be used as a stimulus for writing a poem.
Caption competition Aim of the activity Fluency practice. Change of pace. Preparation Collect a selection of pictures of pairs or groups of animals. Number them and stick them around the walls of the classroom. Ask students to work in pairs. Procedure Ask the pairs to think of amusing captions for some or all of the pictures. Get them to write down the number of the picture and their caption. After a pre-arranged time, ask the pairs to volunteer captions and get the class to agree on the funniest caption. Variation Pairs write the captions they think up without numbering them. They then pass their paper to another group, who try to match the caption to the pictures.
Family album Aim of the activity Fluency practice. To practise talking about people: family relationships, character description, routines, likes, dislikes etc. Preparation Get a selection of pictures of people (at least as many as there are students in the class.) Procedure Ask students to choose one or two pictures from the selection. Tell them to imagine that these are members of their family - sisters/great-grandparents/distant cousins etc. and to describe them to their partner. Tell them to describe the family relationship, the character of the person, what they do, what they like etc.
Picture collage Aim of the activity Fluency practice. To practi