3 More Ideas For Using Pictures Lessons


Last week, I talked a little about how I use our Easy English Pictures lessons in my class.  I think most of it was pretty straight-forward so this week, I’m going to offer up a few quick tips on how you can add an interesting “spin” to these lessons.  Today, I want to work in reverse.  Here’s what I mean:

1 – Reverse Reading Picture Drawing: Instead of giving the pictures to the students first, try giving the correct answers to the students first without the photograph.  Then ask them, in pairs, to draw what the photograph will look like based only on the correct answers.  Of course, the students will probably not be able to draw the photograph exactly as it is because they do not have all the information about it.  Remind your students that you want them to draw a rough sketch – not a perfect portrait.  After the students are finished drawing, ask them to show each other their artwork and compare how it is the same or different.  This is usually quite a fun activity and gets the students laughing and chatting.

2 – Multiple Choice Photographs: Another idea is to give the correct answers to the students without showing them the photograph and have them read carefully through them.  After that, pick out two similar photographs (for example, the photographs in Lessons 14 and 17 are quite similar but have key differences) and ask the students to tell you which of the photographs the answers are based upon.  Before giving the correct answer, ask the students to look carefully at the answers and the photographs and discuss their reasons why they think one photograph is correct.   Ask them to talk in complete sentences during this time.

3 – Time-Limit Photo Exposure: For a bit of fun, you could also turn the Pictures lesson into a memory game where you show the students the photograph for a very short period of time (say, 5 to 7 seconds) and then take it off their screen and give them the questions to answer.  After allowing for a short time to answer the questions, put the photograph back on the screen for a bit longer (8 to 10 seconds) and then give the students time to answer again.  This can turn the activity into a mini-contest to see who can answer the questions correctly with the shortest exposure time to the photograph.  It can add a bit of a challenge to a mixed-level class where some students might find the exercise too easy otherwise.

I hope these three tips give you some ideas for your class!  If you have any other suggestions, please write something on our Facebook page!  We’d love to hear from you.