Picture Dictation


The aim of Picture Dictation is to enhance students’ listening comprehension and vocabulary skills. It encourages students to visualize and interpret spoken language, fostering creativity and engagement in the classroom.


Before the activity, the teacher should prepare a detailed description of a picture or scene. The complexity of the description can be adjusted based on the students’ language proficiency level.

Materials Needed

The materials needed for this activity are simple: a picture or scene for the teacher to describe (this can be a physical picture or an image in the teacher’s mind), paper, and drawing supplies for the students.


Distribute the drawing supplies and paper to each student. Make sure all students are seated in a way that they can easily hear the teacher’s description.

How to Play

  1. The teacher begins by explaining the activity to the students. They should understand that they will be drawing a picture based on the teacher’s description.
  2. The teacher then describes the picture or scene in detail, using the target vocabulary and sentence structures. The teacher can describe the picture all at once or piece by piece, depending on the students’ proficiency level.
  3. As the teacher describes the picture, the students draw what they hear on their paper.
  4. Once the description is complete, the students can share their drawings with the class. This can lead to interesting discussions about how each student interpreted the description.
  5. The teacher can conclude the activity by revealing the original picture (if there is one) and comparing it with the students’ drawings.

The key to this activity is the detailed description provided by the teacher.