A2 Lesson Plan

Creative ESL Lesson Plan on English Through Photography

Created by ALULA | April 30, 2024

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- Creative expression, Descriptive language -

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Integrating the captivating world of photography with ESL teaching offers a unique pathway for adult learners to explore new vocabularies, enhance their descriptive capabilities, and express themselves creatively. This lesson plan is crafted for high beginner A2 level students who are enthusiastic about combining their passion for photography with their journey of learning English. By engaging in activities that revolve around describing photos, discussing photography techniques, and writing captions, students will not only refine their language skills but also develop a deeper appreciation for the nuances of visual storytelling.


This lesson plan aims to blend the artistry of photography with the practicality of English learning. Through a series of thoughtfully designed activities, students will delve into describing photographs, discuss various photography techniques, and attempt writing captions in English. The focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering descriptive language, and nurturing creative expression — all while appreciating the beauty of visual narratives.

Lesson Focus

Students participating in this lesson will be able to: Enhance their descriptive vocabulary and use of adjectives. - Gain confidence in discussing subjects and themes within photographs. - Develop skills in creative and concise writing through captioning images. - Foster a deeper understanding of the interplay between images and words in storytelling.

Lesson Content

Activity 1: Picture Description Challenge

Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes

Objective: To practice using descriptive language and adjectives in English by describing photos.

Materials: A collection of intriguing photographs (easily sourced from free online photo libraries like Unsplash or Pixabay, or personal collections).


  1. Divide students into small groups and distribute a different photograph to each group.
  2. Ask each group to discuss their photo and come up with a list of descriptive words and phrases that capture the essence of the image.
  3. Reconvene and have each group present their photo and description to the class, encouraging feedback and further descriptions from their peers.

Activity 2: Discussing Photography Techniques

Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes

Objective: To introduce basic photography techniques and their effects on how stories are told through images.

Materials: A slideshow presentation of photos exemplifying different photography techniques (such as composition, lighting, and perspective), available online or created by the teacher.


  1. Present the slideshow to the class, briefly explaining each technique and its impact on the viewer's perception.
  2. Split the class into pairs and assign each pair a technique to discuss, focusing on how it affects storytelling in photography.
  3. Have pairs share their discussions with the class, encouraging a group conversation about the significance of techniques in photography and how it can be applied to learning English.

Activity 3: Caption This!

Approximate Time Needed: 25 minutes

Objective: To practice creative and concise writing by creating captions for photographs.

Materials: A selection of photos without captions, sourced from the internet or personal collections.


  1. Distribute a photo to each student or pair of students.
  2. Instruct them to write a captivating caption for their photo, emphasizing the importance of conciseness and creativity.
  3. Allow students to share their captions with the class, and discuss the different approaches to pairing words with images creatively.

Wrap Up

By merging the visual appeal of photography with the linguistic journey of English learning, this lesson plan offers a multifaceted educational experience. Through describing, discussing, and captioning photos, students not only build their vocabulary and descriptive skills but also embark on a creative exploration of how images and words intertwine. This holistic approach encourages deeper engagement, making learning both effective and enjoyable.

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