Yesterday we did a very interesting activity (taken from Images by Alan Maley) with the B2 adult group. We gave them an image and they had to study it thoroughly trying to remember as many details as possible. The image we gave them was this one by @sandymillin via #eltpics:

Blind runners with guides during the Paralympics 2012 marathon

For doing so (for checking all the details), we allowed the students to explore the images using technology (rather than printing the image, which would not be to environmentally friendly…). As we had 5 students in the group, we let some of them look at the image with an iPad and the others with a MacBook. Here you can see them working:

The students getting ready for the dictation, but unaware of so.

The students getting ready for the dictation, but unaware of so.


Another take of the students "memorizing" the picture.

Another take of the students “memorizing” the picture.


After they checked all the details for a couple of minutes, we took both devices out and we started a… DICTATION! (Yes, we sometimes do dictations in Lockhart Academy) Anyway, it was a different type of dictation. In this case, we had prepared 12 sentences that referred to the picture, but some of them were not 100% correct. We, for example, said: “The two guides are wearing yellow t-shirts.”. The task of the students was to copy the sentences that we dictated, but with the truth. In this case, they all copied: “The two guides are wearing orange t-shirts”.

For checking if they had done a good job, we selected a volunteer that came to the front. We allowed the volunteer to see the image, but he was the only one who could do so. The rest of the class had to do yes/no questions to check if they sentences they had written were the correct ones or not.

After this, we divided them in two groups, gave each group a different picture and they had to prepare the sentences about their picture. We will use these pictures and the descriptions in forthcoming sessions.

Another activity we did during the class was “Faking it for iPad”. This is an iPad app created by the Metropolitan Museum in which you can see pictures that might have been (or not) modified in a certain way. The students have to reply some questions about them: “Is this a fake or a real picture?” “Why do you think they modified it?”:

Faking It for iPad


After the quiz, we took a picture of the students and retouched it with iPhoto for iPad. We then discussed the ethical issues of retouching image in a vivid and interesting conversation. Here you can see the picture we retouched:

The five students that came to class this day

The five students that came to class this day

It was a very interesting class with a lot of participation from the students and in which we worked all 5 skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting) in a very engaging and entertaining way.


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