Let’s look at some fun ideas for using the sets of three pictures that appear in different parts of the Pre-A1 Starters (Reading and Writing Part 5), A1 Movers (Reading and Writing Part 5, Speaking Part 2)and A2 Flyers (Reading and Writing Part 7, Speaking Part 3). Let’s take these three pictures, taken from A1 Movers Reading and Writing Part 5, Sample Papers 2, available here:
Write sentences for the pictures
Divide the class into three groups -1,2,3. Tell each group to look at their picture.
Give out slips of paper. Students in the group write a sentence for their picture on each piece of paper.
Here are four of the sentences that teachers in Italy at one of my training sessions wrote for the pictures.
Collect the sentences in and put them into a bag/box.
In a big class, ask 2-3 students from each group to stand at the back/front or one side of the room. With smaller classes, everyone in the group can stand together.
If you have chalk, you can mark eight ‘steps’ on the floor.
Take a sentence out of the bag/box and read it out. (You can also ask a students to pick out and read the sentences.)
If the sentence is true for their picture, the students from the group take a step forwards. If it isn’t true for their picture, they stay where they are.
Continue like this until one of the groups has taken eight steps forwards. They are the ‘winners’ of the race.