I recently came across an activity on the mflresources forum (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mflresources/) suggested by Vincent Everett (http://languagesatnorthgate.wordpress.com/), and it got me thinking about exploiting images for language practice using TaskMagic3.
Vincent introduced his activity as "a bit of reading, dictionary work, colouring in and culture". The activity was aimed at getting students involved in a bit of independent learning. As Vincent says: " I would like to emphasise the fact that this activity was designed to motivate the pupils to read and find out things for themselves. They had not met either furniture words or prepositions before. I think the activity would be a different kettle of fish if they already knew the words and it was just colouring in."
Here's a pdf of the activity, which includes links to access the Van Gogh original as well as a colouring sheet based on the original.
I really liked the activity and it got me thinking about other ways of exploiting pictures. Some ideas and resources below based on having access to the original painting. This means that students have to use visual information from the painting to help them to complete the various exercises.
I copied and pasted the text into Mix and Gap in TaskMagic3. After a short while working on a few of the non-automatically-generated exercise formats (and after removing a few exercises that I thought weren't best suited to this text) I ended up with the following range of interactive exercises based on the text:
Gap-fill - dragging the words from below into the gaps in the text:
Prompt Gaps: some nouns from the text have been removed and anagram prompts provided:
Write Gaps: the picture is definitely needed for this one:
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Picture Match file. You can use any image editor to select bits of a picture and re-save them with different names. Here's the result:
If you have TaskMagic3, you can access the files used to create all of the above exercises, below:
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