This lesson plan for teachers of older teenagers and adults at Intermediate level and above explores the theme of well-known paintings. Students will practice their listening and writing skills.


What are the five best paintings in the world? In this lesson students read about well-known paintings and look at art vocabulary. They listen to a dictation to complete a text describing a painting. Students then write a short description of a picture they have seen. Students finish by making their own 'top five' lists.




Intermediate B2


60 - 90 minutes


  • To help students describe well-known paintings
  • To develop students' listening and writing skills
  • To expand students' vocabulary


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By Sally Trowbridge 

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Thank you Sally so much , people like U make the world different !! And beautiful !

The dictation (mentioned in the description above) that students are supposed to listen to seems to be missing from this page.


Hi Ann

The dictation is Task 2 - It's a live listening, followed by a dictation task. The teacher reads the description to the students and they try to guess the painting. They then listen again to complete the description.
Hope that helps,

TE Team

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