This lesson has been written to celebrate Nature Photography Day on 15 June, but can be used at any time of the year.

Author: 
Kate Cory-Wright

Introduction

Focusing on speaking, vocabulary and writing, the lesson aims to enable students to describe what they see, hear, feel and smell in a natural setting. The lesson begins by showing students some photos of nature and asking them to brainstorm words they associate with each photo. They then learn some vocabulary to describe nature in more detail (using the five senses). Students then go out and explore a natural place, making notes and taking photos of any nature that interests them. Finally, they share their photos with their classmates, describing their experiences and using the vocabulary as appropriate.

Nature photography brings us closer to the world we live in, and the view through the camera’s lens helps us see it in a different way. Nature Photography Day is a good excuse to get out into the world, get some exercise and take a closer look at nature, and then capture it for the memories.

Aims:

  • Raise awareness of the nature around us, encouraging students to explore and appreciate outdoor life
  • Extend students’ vocabulary to talk about nature
  • Develop students’ note-taking skills
  • Develop students’ oral fluency through a discussion of photos

Age/level:

Teenagers (CEFR level B1 and above)

Time:

45-60 minutes

Materials:

Before the lesson, find four images of photos of nature. Free images with a Creative Commons licence can be found on: https://unsplash.com/search/photos/natural. (Note: choose photos that reflect the students’ reality. If your students live in an urban area, choose photos of nature in city locations, such as a park, a garden, a pond, or even a weed appearing from the pavement.)

In addition, you will need to make copies of the student worksheet (downloadable below). Your students will need a camera or mobile phone, a pen and a notebook.

 

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Comments

It's long time: when submitting a piece of photography (selected), I preferred to give a descriptive summary of both objective details from observation and subjective reasonning from background stories... It's a good habit of my field. I thought this course plan was wonderful for young teenagers' space-observation and Self-reflective imagination

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