Reader's Forum: Using Photo News materials in the EFL classroom

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Ken Schmidt



The pictures and captions from Photo News (写真ニュース) displays, seen in many libraries and schools in Japan, can be a stimulating resource for communication in the language classroom. This article provides a number of ideas for their use, along with comments and variations. Activities include proposing alternate scenarios to explain a photo, drawing a scene based on a partner’s description while trying to figure out the story, finding photos based on captions written by classmates, proposing the wildest scenario still consistent with a scene, creating dialogs to match a scene, and speculating on why a photo was in the news.