LEARNING STRATEGY: Use Imagery, Cooperate
STANDARDS: Communication 1.1, Connections 3.2


Language:Any language. Examples in Chinese, Italian, Korean, Russian

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Brief description of the activity: Learners will explore some typical activities that members of the target culture enjoy in their free-time. Then they will match a set of pictures to corresponding vocabulary cards and then draw and label an in-depth illustration for one of the activities. Students will use images to associate words with images.


  1. Students will be able to use vocabulary related to leisure time activities.
  2. Students will develop insight into target culture leisure time
  3. Students will develop speaking skills.

Language focus: Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening

Materials: Vocabulary list of leisure time activities (on poster board or flash cards), illustrations of each activity, poster paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils


  1. Introduce the content
    Tell students that they are going to match a set of pictures to vocabulary cards and then draw and label more detailed illustrations of one of the activities. As a warm-up, have them brainstorm a list of their own favorite free-time activities.
  2. Introduce and model the learning strategy
    Using a picture or illustration, introduce a popular target culture leisure activity. Tell learners that one way of reinforcing vocabulary is to use images. Identify the activity and then repeat the term. Have them repeat the word after you.

    Explain that using imagery helps students make associations to help understand and remember new target language concepts and constructions. Many people also feel that it helps students become more creative in speaking about a topic. Use Imagery can put abstract ideas into concrete form. Show them a few more cards with the words and have them match words and images as a class.

    Tell learners that mental images are helpful too. Encourage them to associate mental images with new information to help them remember (you might entice them by adding that thats how they teach secret agents to remember information!)
  3. Practice
    Divide the students into pairs. Give each pair a set of pictures of free-time activities and a set of vocabulary cards. Tell them to match images and words. Ask each pair to draw its own illustration for one of the activities.

    As a class, discuss which of the target culture activities would interest them. Ask students whether using images helped them with vocabulary.


  1. Have learners draw and label some examples of popular American free-time activities. Discuss similarities and differences between the two cultures as a class.
  2. When you introduce another set of vocabulary items such as wedding traditions or summer vacations, ask learners how they can associate the words with images to help them remember them.

Teacher Resources (to help teacher enhance activity):
Introduce relevant Internet sites that students could use to enhance their knowledge of certain activities.