An Activity For Your Teaching Toolbox: Describe And Draw
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Here’s a fun activity which can be utilised in the classroom for all ages and a range of different language structures. Describe and Draw is an activity which is exactly what it says on the box, but you’ll see that it can turn out to be a useful language learning tool.
How to implement Describe and Draw
First, let your students each choose a picture or give each student a picture. This picture should be relatively simple but incorporate a number of different elements. The picture chosen will dictate which language structure or vocabulary set will be practised.
For example, Elementary students can be given pictures of rooms of the house to practise furniture and/or prepositions of place; Pre-Intermediate students can be given pictures of people performing actions to practise the present continuous; Upper Intermediate students can be given pictures of processes to practise linking phrases.
Then, put the students into pairs and decide who is Student A and who is Student B. The students should not look at their partner’s picture. Student A then describes their picture to their partner, who must draw it as it is being described. When they have finished, they compare it to the original and see how accurate they were and why they went wrong.
Then the students swop roles and do the same with Student B’s picture.
Why you should utilise Describe and Draw
Even though this may seem like a relatively simple activity, it requires a wide range of linguistic knowledge in order to complete the task. As such it is a great activity to not only let your students consolidate a specific language structure but also utilise and practise other language that they know.
Also, even if you think your students are not very creative or are too advanced for this activity, you may be surprised at how they respond to it. When you think about it, having to follow verbal instructions adds another level of challenge to the activity – it can actually be quite difficult! Even your stronger students may be surprised at how their final illustrations differ from the original.
Doing an activity like this can be a welcome break from a regular lesson. It can feel like an Art lesson, and students usually embrace the chance to put away their coursebooks and do something a little different. This, of course, is the key to all our lessons: if our students are enjoying themselves, they pay less attention to the learning process but actually end up learning more. So get out those sketchpads and get your students drawing!
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Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.