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Speaking activity: "Who Drew This?"

Objective/ product

Each student receives a drawing made by another student and attempts to locate the person who drew it without actually saying "Did you draw this?"

Followup: the identity of the person who made the drawing is confirmed.

Materials needed

  • for each student: an unsigned (anonymous) drawing of a scene or event of a type agreed on by the class, made by a classmate. Students are first trained to ask and answer questions about the type of scene or event in question, for example, what kind of vehicle a student drew, how many people it seats, what color it is, etc.

Procedures for traditional classroom

Students trade information through the use of a "mingling" format (also known as the "cocktail party" format), engaging in a series of short question-and-answer exchanges with individual classmates.

The activity may be followed up by a collective checking activity in which everyone is invited to ask questions to confirm that the details of several drawings match the answers given by the people who (according to the results of the activity) drew them.

Adaptations for ITV

To deal with the delivery and display of student-produced visuals, the instructor is faced with two alternatives for the use of the channel:
  1. A single interviewee (usually at the origination site), wearing headphones, will respond to questions from all the receive sites, while receive-site students use the information gathered to try to decide among a number of alternative drawings labeled "1", "2", ... displayed sequentially on the visual presenter, one of which is the right one. Meanwhile, the remaining students at the origination site perform the activity in the traditional mingling format.
  2. A panel of students, usually three in number, is displayed on program above a drawing on the visual presenter; these students are then interviewed by the entire class. (It is usually not possible to isolate a panel of three students through the use of headphones while other students at their site are busy "mingling"; that is why the whole class is involved in interviewing the panel.) Ideally, visual presenters under learner control are available at each site, so that drawings by receive-site students can easily be displayed; otherwise, drawings have to be faxed.


Sample Clip

Implementation of this activity-type in an ITV classroom requires special arrangements to ensure the participation of all students, such as doing "cluster interviews" over the air and using visual presenters at remote sites. In the example shown on this page, three students sitting in a row, one of whom made the drawing shown on the visual presenter, have been chosen by the instructor as interviewees. The other students ask these three interviewees questions about their past journeys to see which person's journey corresponds to the drawing being shown. This activity set-up, with its "find the right person" task, bears some resemblance to the television game show "To Tell the Truth," with the difference that all three participants do tell the truth, and the interviewers' task is to match the right person to the drawing, rather than to figure out who is fibbing.


Speaking Task: Class Interview of Panel. The clip begins with a split screen showing the drawing displayed on the visual presenter and a panel of three students at the origination site, one of whom made the drawing. A student at a receive site addresses a question to one of the panel members about a past journey.





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