DESCRIBING PICTURES

Brief summary of activity

In 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 activity

Participants practise describing language.

Expected Outcomes

awareness of importance of descriptive language.

experience and skills required

The participants need to express themselves and have a rich vocabulary.

infrastructure, setting, resources

quiet room

Length

20min

Materials

postcards, pictures or objects

How the activity should take place

Each 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 ratio

max. 10

Risk and possible adaptation

make sure that the people really try to describe precisely what's on the postcard.

Variations

For 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.

Analysis and evaluation

When the participants see the postcard after the description they realize what their partners possibly forget to talk about. The perspective, colours, sizes of objects, etc. This is an interesting experience.

Scheduling

Before writing scripts or as an ice breaker at the beginning of the training.
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