This lesson plan for teachers of older teenagers and adults at level B2 explores the theme of portraits and drawing. Students will do a running dictation and then take part in a group discussion.



This lesson is about portraits and drawing. Students do a running dictation in pairs, listen to and respond to a partner’s instructions to draw a face together, and then take part in a group discussion.


Portraits and how to draw


Intermediate B2


60 minutes


  • To help students talk about well-known portraits
  • To develop students’ speaking and listening skills
  • To expand students’ vocabulary


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By Sally Trowbridge

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This lesson reminds me of an exercise I did in a teacher's seminar, and gave me an idea for a much simpler exercise which can be used with beginners. Each child draws a picture of a face using different colors and shapes. Then children take turns describing their picture to a partner, who must draw the picture without seeing it. Example - "The head is a red circle", "draw green eyes", etc. Then compare the faces to see how well the instructions were given and followed.

It is an excellent idea indeed:) are you a teacher trainer?

It creates an environment which includes many senses in the lesson activities. Great. 

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