We are going to do several picture dictation activities in pairs and explore different variations for your own classes.
Here are a few links if you'd like to explore this kind of activity further:http://www.virginia.edu/french/resource/teachers/tips/picture.htmhttp://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/activities/picture-dictationhttp://iteslj.org/Techniques/Ieong-Dictation.html
An example of a picture dictation listening exercise with a set script:
There’s a table in the middle of the picture and a cat is under the table. He’s a white cat. Near the table is a chair. There’s a very fat boy sitting in it. He’s very fat indeed, and very happy, because there’s a big cake on the table and he’s going to eat it in a minute. The cat is happy too; he’s going to eat the mouse which is under the fat boy’s chair.
Below are the pictures I've used in previous classes and below some of them some examples of the finished product from trainees
Before I post them, this is the book where I got this idea from:Teaching the Spoken language
by Gillian Brown and George Yule.
The example in the book was also pretty random and not too disimiliar to my own little creations. I got the idea from a similiar activity in that book that used a photo of the top of a desk with various common school items scattered around it at various angles: a rule, eraser, pens, sharpeners, and a compass as well as some other items commonly found in the classroom. It was that picture that led me to try to create the following rather random pictures:
For our class today I will use Far Side cartoons....