How to do Picturetalk

t.p.r.s. q&a

Other thanMovietalk, Picturetalk is the single-best “add-on” to T.P.R.S., and an amazing strategy for non-c.i. teachers. It reinforces already-taught vocabulary and grammar, and is also a superb way to introduce new vocab pre-story.

Picturetalk– what Ben Slavic calls “Look and Discuss”– is simple, easy, low-prep and effective. Here arethree ways to do Picturetalk.

a) Find a picture online which contains the “things”– people and actions– in your most recent story. So, if your story is about a poor Guatemalan kid who wants something to eat, you find a picture of that, or (say) a picture of a homeless person.

b) If you have never taught the vocab you want to use, write on board (or project it) along with translation. Make sure the kids know what the words mean.

c) Project the picture, make statements, and ask questions about the picture and about the things you’ve said…

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