This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at low Intermediate level and above explores the theme of photographs. Students will develop their speaking skills.


What photos have you got on your mobile? Do you keep pictures in your purse or wallet? Have you got a photograph on your identity card? This lesson gives students the chance to talk about their photos and then write a description of a favourite picture.


Talking about photographs


Low intermediate A2


60-90 mins


  • To help students ask and answer questions about photographs
  • To develop students’ listening skills
  • To develop students’ writing skills
  • To develop students’ communication skills


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

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Worksheets: can be printed out for use in class.

worksheet - three tasks

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By Sally Trowbridge

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This activity is appreciated by my students. They are very proud when talking about their private life (family, friends and pets). I noticed that even students that are not so eager to take part in lesson are now more interested in describing the universe they live in. 

I am looking for a lesson plan for absolute beginners. How shall I start my English lessons with adult absolute beginners of English?

It's so easy and quickly prepared. Especially teenagers love to show their photos, in almost the same manner they love to share them in the social web.

I always want to attract my students'attention through photos.It's true that it develops especially communicative skills.I often ask my students to bring in class the photos of their families.their task is to describe their this way they're practicing English.Now on I'll bring more photos in class.thank you for your ideas.

I tried this lesson in my class.This lesson intrigued my students greatly.In this lesson I used my own photos which were very interesting for the students.they were very persistent questionering me about my photos.Teacher's personal lives are always interesting for students. 

Today I had this lesson to my 1-st year students. It was for my students very interesting.I have used my own pictures and the students used their cellphones to describe their favourite pictures.And they drew some pictures and made a story.Thank you for this lesson plan

I have tried this lesson plan with my 7th grade students. I projected some of my photos on the wall. My students liked to fire questions about my photos. They were very curious about each detail in the photo. They also liked to talk about their most embarrasing photo which surprised me a lot. I didn't want to ask this question but they insisted on discussing it. I  was just concerned that it is too personal may be they will be shy to discuss it. Thank you for this lesson plan. 

Its a really good idea, I will definitely use it in my class. I will start to teach group English class to my colleagues in company, they are all shy and afraid speaking out, even we have learnt so many year English at school in China, but speaking is big problem, so I am volunteer to help them out, but I never  teach before, I know I am not professional to teach, and my English is not good enough. but Im good at making thick face:-) So happy to find here, I can get some idea. hope I can get more advice from you guys reacher as well. thank you again!


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