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Updated: Jan 3, 2023

It's #FREEBIEFRIDAY and this week is all about the Photo Card. I've been trying to think of new ways to approach this element of the speaking and here is one activity which can be used in a variety of ways.

Start by getting 5 or 6 images and prepare several statements to describe each photo. I have uploaded an exemplar, this one is aimed at foundation students so I have kept the vocabulary quite simple. Once prepared you can do a number of things with it.

1. Simply display the images and hand out the statements as a worksheet. Students write down the number of the corresponding picture.

2. Instead of handing out the statements, read them aloud and turn it into a listening activity. Students write down the number of the corresponding card.

3. Beat the teacher - prepare simple statements (hace sol, hay mucha gente, están comiendo), keep it short. Point to a picture on the IWB and call out a statement. If it corresponds to that picture students repeat the statement. If it doesn't they must stay quiet. If all stay quiet the students get the point, if not the point goes to the teacher. I usually play first to 5 points.

4. Have your lovely reprographics team print the images and statements onto card. Students work in groups to sort them.

5. Place the images around the classroom. Read out a statement and pupils must go and stand by the corresponding photo. (Might not be one to try with a class of 32 or last lesson of the day 😂)

You can download the exemplar directly from our website, just click the image below.

The download also includes an example of a writing mat I sometimes use to help students prepare their response.

Anyway, i hope you find these ideas useful and you try them out with your classes.

Have a lovely weekend

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