Telling the News with Pictures: Volcano in the Congo

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This was made for ESL students to practice their question forming, building story telling skills, and speculating about pictures in order to develop conversational skills.
This PowerPoint only uses 3 slides with pictures, but has tasks on each slide for students to practice and teachers to monitor.

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  • Teachers note: Tell students: Look at the picture and the questions. With your partner answer the questions. You have 5 minutes. Then go around the class and ask each student one of the questions. The point is to get all the kids talking. By letting them talk about the answers first gives the kids a chance to practice their answers in hopes they are more confident in their answers. Should take another 5 to 10 minutes. Background: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/travelnews/2011/11/pictures/111116-volcano-virunga-tourists/#/01-nyamulagira-volcano-virunga-national-park_43702_600x450.jpg Nyamulagira Volcano, Congo Photograph by Cai Tjeenk Willink, Virunga National Park Erupting  volcanoes —such as  the Democratic Republic of the Congo 's Nyamulagira, pictured earlier this month—can be destructive, frightening, and beautiful. And right now there are at least seven you can see in action now, if you act fast. When Nyamulagira,  Africa 's most active volcano, began shooting 65-story fountains of lava weeks ago, officials at  Virunga National Park , which contains the 10,032-foot (3,058-meter) peak, struck while the tourism opportunity was hot, setting up guided tours to a tent site within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the erupting vent. (Get the full story of the volcano-camp setup, in pictures.) So far the effort seems to have worked, boosting tourism to Congo—underscoring what a rare thing an accessible, active volcano is. "There are not many other persistently active volcanoes," said Phil Leat, a volcanologist with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, U.K. "Most erupt for a while, then stop."
  • Students should write these questions in their writing books. Teacher can walk around the class to check spelling, grammar, etc.
  • Students can be partners with someone sitting next to them. Together they need to come up with a story to match the picture. The other pictures have been used previously so they key vocabulary, story lines have already been discussed and practice. This hopefully builds their confidence so they produce more when speaking.
  • Telling the News with Pictures: Volcano in the Congo

    1. 1. A WEEK IN PICTURESLearning How to Ask and Answer Questions Likea Reporter
    2. 2. Reporters always want toknow what happened sothey can tell the story.They link their questionsso they can find cleardetails of any story.Who is thisperson?Where is he?What country isthis?When did thevolcano starterupting?Why is he there?How many othersoldiers are withhim?Is the volcanonear any towns?
    3. 3. Now it is yourturn.Write as manyreporter stylequestions in thenext 7 minutes:WhatWhyWhereHowWhenWhoDidWereIsAre
    4. 4. With a partner, you have 7 minutes to make up a story to go withthis picture. Remember when we tell a story we must include thewho, what, where, when, why and how. Each of you must speak forat least 30 seconds each (1 minute total).

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