Many exams involve describing, comparing and contrasting pictures as well as hypothesizing about them and giving opinions.
I love using artwork in my English lessons as it exposes people to lovely works while practising language skills. Using the GOOGLE ART PROJECT a few years ago I expanded a painting to its maximum size to expose incredible details not normally visible to the eye, at the same time making the painting difficult to recognize. This is excellent to hone describing skills as well as hypothesizing about its style and artist, hopefully leading to recognizing the painting.
I therefore CHALLENGE YOU to SPEAK ABOUT this SECOND IMAGE of the painting and SEE IF YOU CAN GUESS what PAINTING it is!
More images of the same painting to come soon…
Write your answers in the comments below!
Some language to use:
In my opinion…
I think it’s…
The dog could be a …
I’m not sure…
It must be…
It can’t be…
I don’t think it’s…
This activity can also be done in pairs so as prompt each other with questions such as:
“What do you think?”
“Do you agree?”
“Have I missed anything?”
I hope you find this useful.
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.