Picture describing task

Create an image prompt on Extempore using a painting, an illustration, a cartoon, etc. Determine the length of time that students have to examine the image and prepare. Then instruct students to tell an original story based upon the image. This type of activity can be suitable for any level of learner. For instance, novice learners can put into practice their understanding of daily routine action verbs (e.g. “to wake up”, “to brush one’s teeth”, etc.). Similarly, intermediate learners benefit from story telling activities; for instance, these students can practice telling a story in the past tense, using their knowledge of these verb forms. Advanced learners can increase the difficulty level by adding compound verb forms or by including rich background descriptions to their description.



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