Developing the listening skill through using images (pictures)
One student describes a picture orally to a partner. When the first person is done, the partner repeats the description, using the picture as an aid for recall.
One student orally describes the picture to another student who does not see it; the second student then repeats the description to the first student.
Two students look at a picture; then one student looks away while the other student asks him questions about it.
One student orally describes a picture to a second student who does not see it; the second student then draws a copy of it.
One student orally describes a picture to another student who then is given a choice of three pictures and must choose the one described.
One student describes a person or an object in the picture and the other student identifies which person or object it is.
While both students look at the picture, one students describes a person or an object in about five to ten sentences and includes one or two incorrect things about it. The second students has to tell what was wrong and correct it.
The first student says ten sentences about the picture and then the partner says ten different sentences. The first student listens for an duplicate sentences.
I would assign students to get several pictures from the Internet (Flickr) on a specific topic such as restaurant, city, house, etc. so that they can share the pictures (URLs) with me and print out the pictures for work with their partners. As a teacher, I can quickly build up my digital visual library for listening.
©Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007
Revised from Harry Grover Tuttle’s “Using Visual Material in the Foreign Language Classroom”, Learning Resources, Vol 2-5 (Feb. 1975) 9-13.
Other Spanish (Hispanic images) for conversations or writing
Spanish streets – Calle
Spanish transportation Transportes
Spanish restaurant Restaurante