This activity demonstrates how students can personalise and experience examples of the target language by drawing them. In doing so, the illustrative examples become more memorable and the resulting images can be used to revise, recap and reactivate the language at later dates.
- Language level: Intermediate (B1) +
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults
- Time: 45 minutes
- Activity: Drawing; Grammar drill
- Topic: Grammar
- Language: Passive noun phrases
- Materials: Worksheet; Blank flashcards
Lesson plan outline
- Tell students that they are going to see 12 passive pictures. Tell them that they have to guess what they are going to see by completing the Picture Prediction Worksheet (included in PDF download).
- Let students compare their answers but do not tell them whether they are right or wrong at this stage.
- Tell students that you lied (like Pinocchio!). Tell them that they are not going to see 12 pictures but they are going to draw them themselves.
- Show students the 12 Flash Cards one at a time. These are included in the PDF download. Each flashcard contains a text (a football player being sent off, a criminal being arrested, a naughty child being told off, etc). Drill the language on each card.
- Put the 12 cards text-sides-up on a table or on the floor. Ask students stand up, walk over to the cards and choose something that they feel comfortable drawing. Students should draw their pictures on blank sides of the Flash Cards (i.e. the non-text sides).
- Whenever a student finishes a drawing, he or she should hand it to you and then choose another picture to draw.
- Continue this process until you have all 12 pictures in your hand. Don’t worry that some students will do more drawings than others. Some may not even draw at all. This is not a problem.
- Number the drawings 1 to 12 and stick them randomly around the classroom walls.
- Clarify the structure that students have been working with by writing the following on the board: __________ being [past participle] by __________
- Ask students to go around the gallery and attempt to identify what each drawing is. Ask them to write the 12 pieces of language in their notebooks. For some students, the language reconstruction will be quite difficult. In these cases, give out copies of the word cloud to assist with the job (included in the PDF download).
For large classes, you will probably want to prepare more than one set of flash cards in order to give everyone an opportunity to draw. For small classes, the above procedure should not change – but remember that some students will have to make more then one drawing.
I used a number of student drawings from this activity for the basis of the following Pecha Kucha talk: