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Analysing a Picture

Background

Pictures communicate in a silent way and differently to each person. Expressing their impressions orally can be an excellent opportunity to develop speaking skills.

Aim

To use words to express feelings.

Activities

Form groups of five and give a picture to each group. You must examine each picture carefully before the activity starts and must prepare questions according to the levels of response you anticipate. Have five questions for each group. Allow at least five minutes for children to examine the picture and discuss it among themselves. Number the children from 1 to 5, and ask the five questions you have. The questions can be used for informal individual talk as well. When you have organized this activity a few times, you will find it a lot easier to make up questions, but in the beginning it is best to prepare in advance.

This activity can be organized only if you have a number of books of children's literature, particularly several picture-story books. Pair all children. As they sit face to face, one line looks at books and selects one picture out of all the pictures given. Now every child sitting in this line describes the picture she has selected to the child sitting in front without showing him the picture. When the description is over, the book is handed over to the child who was listening, and he is asked to find the picture that fits the description. The two lines exchange books and activity carries on. This activity can be organized slightly differently with the help of pictures on the wall.

Related Questions

These activities provide to the child the opportunity to work in two media, i.e. words and picture. Such an opportunity builds the base for the ability to connect abstract and vivid symbols. It will make an immense contribution to the child's development as a reader.

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Adapted from: "The Child's language and the teacher - A handbook", Krishna Kumar, UNICEF.

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