Brief summary of activityIn pairs of two the participants describe postcards. The listeners closes their eyes, tries to imagine the picture. Afterwards, he/she looks at the picture and compares the imagination with the postcard.
Aim of the activityParticipants practise describing language.
Expected Outcomesawareness of importance of descriptive language.
experience and skills requiredThe participants need to express themselves and have a rich vocabulary.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesquiet room
Materialspostcards, pictures or objects
How the activity should take placeEach person gets a card with landscape, animals, people, etc. In pairs, the participants describe each other the cards, also using characteristics, that are not obvious, trying to describe all senses (how does it smell, colours, sounds) and perspectives. The listener closes eyes, tries to imagine the picture. Afterwards, he/she looks at the picture and compares the imagination with the postcard.
Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratiomax. 10
Risk and possible adaptationmake sure that the people really try to describe precisely what's on the postcard.
VariationsFor visually impaired and blind people:
Use objects instead of postcards. Again, they should exactly describe how this objects feels like. Attention: it's not about to guess what kind of object it is. The participants can tell for example "it's a hut", but the goal is, that they explain the hut in a way that their partners can imagine how it feels like.For visually impaired and blind people there is a variation.