TalkAbouts is a photocopiable collection of pictures with few words, but worth a thousand words, offering plenty of possible conversations, descriptions, discussions, narrations, dictations, and a lot of fun.
What kind of pictures are they? There are three types:
- The first part, TalkAbout Situations, features conversations
- The second part, TalkAbout Topics, focuses on vocabulary
- The third part, TalkAbout Events and Occasions, focuses on putting it all together with emphasis on grammar (verb tense) and discourse
Although the pictures provoke oral language, they can just as easily be used as writing prompts. Very few words accompany the pictures. In interpreting the pictures either in conversation or writing, the learners naturally use their own words to explain them.
At the back of the book, there is a possible script and the “answers.” The characters are given names; a story is told. However, learners should be encouraged to come up with their own interpretations of the pictures. By doing so, the learners become more invested in what they say and write. The result—communication that is more meaningful and fun.
The CD is an optional supporting element but it can be very helpful. In a dramatic reading with voices different from your own, the recording provides help with the pronunciation of words and phrases in context. And using the CD with the pictures can be a useful listening comprehension activity.