This is a fun lesson plan in which students work in pairs describing and drawing pictures. It will be useful for students preparing for Cambridge exam speaking activities.
You will need this handout: Pics for describing
Put the following picture on the board and hand out other copies to the class:
Ask students what they can see in the picture.
What’s in the background?
What’s in the foreground?
Go through the following vocabulary on the board:
In the background/foreground we can see…………..
On the left/right
At the top/bottom
He’s facing left/right/the camera
He looks happy/sad/ etc.
Prepositions: Next to/beside, above, below, in front of, behind.
Now tell students that you are going to describe a picture and they have to draw it. Tell them to draw quickly, also remind them about perspective (things in the foreground appear bigger than in the background)
Describe the following picture to them:
Try to give as much detail as possible. Collect in the pictures and stick them to the board and then show the real photo. Invite students to comment on the differences and vote for the one they think is most accurate.
Now put students in pairs, tell them that one person is going to describe and the other is going to draw. Have them position themselves so that the describer is facing the board so that he/she can see the vocabulary and the other should be facing them. Be careful that the different pairs are spaced out so that they cannot see each other’s pictures. Give them 5 minutes to describe and draw. Once the 5 minutes are up collect in the pictures and invite comments and votes again. Have students swap roles and repeat as many times as you like. There are several pictures in the handout with different degrees of difficulty.
Follow up activity:
For FCE or CAE students use the pictures for a practice run of the speaking part 2, in which students must compare and contrast two pictures for 1 minute.