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Individual Hour Activities

Picture Description
Oral & Written Presentation

Betty Simelmits

Social Interaction
Pupils interact effectively in English, orally and in
writing, in varied social contexts with people from
varied linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Ask and answer simple questions about familiar topics
and everyday situations, such as family, school,
personal interests express feelings, likes and dislikes
Interact for purposes such as giving directions,
making requests
Engage in short conversations
Give and receive short messages in writing, such as
notes, invitations

Presentation
Pupils present information and ideas in an
organized and planned manner in a variety of
formats, in both spoken and written English,
on a wide range of topics.
Pupils present information about personal
topics, orally and in writing, using basic
organizational skills.
Pupils use basic vocabulary and simple syntax

Tips for Teachers


Magazines are a rich source of pictures.

No matter what the subject matter of the magazine youre sure


to find interesting pictures in advertisements or accompanying
the articles

search for free clip art or other Internet


resources.
Affix the pictures to construction paper and
laminate. This gives pictures a nice, clean look and makes the
pictures more rigid so they hold up better to frequent handling.

Organizing picture files, sort your pictures


into file folders according to life skill topic,
language skill or classroom activity.
It is possible to put all the pictures is a
folder of a spiral file, the picture is in front
of the pupils and the other side (with
guidelines) is in front of the teacher.

Getting Started..
Pictures in multi-level instruction
- When using pictures, learners at different
proficiency levels can be given different tasks
while working with the same sets of pictures.
Put learners together in pairs or groups at the
same level of proficiency. Assign each pair a levelappropriate task. Rotate the pictures to each
group.

Levels of Description
Objects, weather, nature, Places
People physical description
cloths, parts of the body, colors,
information from ID cards

Actions, prepositions
Feelings - emotions, likes and dislikes
Related to pupils world describe your..

Sentence Structure

I can see a fat cat / seven balloons.


Its a green car / long and brown.
He/She has a green hat.
The book is blue / on the desk.
The woman is reading a book.
This is a big house.
The boy/boys is/are in the mall / playing football.
The pen/pencils is/are in the school bag.
There is / There are an apple on the table /
apples in the basket.

LEVEL 1
Show the picture to the entire group and
ask general questions.
What do you see? Who is in the picture?
Where are they?
Ask them to name the people, animals, and
other objects in the picture, as well as
the action taking place.
Some responses will be based on direct
evidence in the picture.

Ask series of questions:


Wh-, yes/no, and or (choice) questions related to
the picture.
Elicit responses from learners.
If any child is having difficulty, gently prompt the
child using "who, what, where, why, and how"
questions. For example: What is the boy doing in
this picture? Why is he crying?
To encourage the children to express themselves,
try to avoid questions that can be answered with
yes or no.

Elicit full sentence answer.

LEVEL 2
Encourage pupils to give their opinion,
express feelings, likes and dislikes.
Ask questions such as:
Do you think . Why?
Do you like the .
Why does he look so unhappy?

LEVEL 3
Encourage pupils to talk about the
relevant topic in their lives
describe their room / house / family etc
Talk about things they do after school

Extension activities
Put learners in pairs. Members of the pair
each have a turn being the teacher who asks
questions about a picture and the learner
who answers the questions. Rotate the
pictures among the pairs to give additional
practice.
Have learners write a description of the
picture.