Foreign Language Speaking Activities Using Pictures and Photos

A quick and easy way to get students speaking is to have them describe a picture or photo, but this can a get a little old after a few times.  There are many paired and group activities that students can do with an image beyond a simple description.

Foreign (World) Language Speaking Activities Using Pictures. (French, Spanish) wlteacher.wordpress.comTwo great ideas are:

–One student orally describes a picture to a second student who then draws a copy of it.

–One student orally describes a picture to another student who then is given a choice of pictures and must choose the one described.

You will need to find pictures (easily done on the Internet) that represent the vocabulary that your students know.  A lack of vocabulary is a common reason for breakdown with these activities.  I suggest reviewing language “chunks” that will be necessary for communication before students begin; i.e. “there is/are”, prepositions, colors, etc.

Here is a great document with 50 ideas for using an image to get students speaking in the target language:

Using Visual Material in the Foreign Language Classroom (Compiled by Harry Grover Tuttle)

One response to “Foreign Language Speaking Activities Using Pictures and Photos

  1. Thanks so much, this is very useful! I’ve shared it with my whole department.

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