Teaching English with Matisse: speaking activities for the language class

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Published on February 28, 2014

Author: jorgesetteelt

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Suggested questions based on the paintings are meant as a guideline for revision of grammar, vocabulary and functions. We indicate the language level based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

TEACHING ENGLISH WITH matisse Speaking Activities Based on Matisse Paintings By JORGE SETTE Blog: LINGUAGEM: www.jorgesette.wordpress.com

Correlated to the common european framework of reference Suggested questions based on the paintings are meant as a guideline for revision of grammar, vocabulary and functions. We indicate the language level based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Matisse, Henry Harmony in Red 1908

CEFR – A1 •  What can you see in this picture? Use there is/there are. •  Name all the colors you see. •  Tell us all the words you associate with the color RED. •  What do you like about this picture? •  Describe a typical day in this woman’s life. •  There is a party at her house tonight. What is she going to do to organize it? •  What do you like to do when you go to a party?

CEFR – C1 •  What do you think about this painting? •  What’s your favorite painter? Why? •  This woman is throwing a party tonight. Tell us a funny story about a party you went to (think and plan what you are going to say for 10 min, make notes if necessary) •  How do you feel about parties in general? How do you like Carnival balls?

Matisse, Henry The Painter’s Family 1911

CEFR – A2 •  Describe the picture. •  Name all the pieces of furniture you can see in the room (turn this into a contest: pairs or groups: students write the words down first) •  Tell us what each person in the scene is doing. •  What’s your favorite room in your house? Why? •  Describe one person in the painting (the other students try to guess who it is at the end of the description). Extend the game: students describe their classmates).

CEFR – B2 •  Make sentences like these (based on the picture): When the woman in black got in the room, the boys were….ing. While the boys were …ing, the woman was…ing. •  What does the message the woman is carrying say? •  Do you you think she is a maid? Do you have a maid? Do think this is right? Why? •  What does your maid usually do? If you don’t have one, what do they often do in other people’s houses?

Matisse, Henry. The Conversation 1908-1912

Cefr – a1 •  What can you see in the picture? •  What colors can you see in this painting? Do you like them? •  Where are these people? •  What are they doing? •  Ask your partner anything you want to know about the man (pair work: partner makes up suitable answers)

Cefr - b2 •  Tell us about the relationship between these two people. •  Imagine their history together and tell us. •  Write down the dialogue that is taking place right now between these people. Then act it out with your partner. •  The woman says: I wish you hadn’t gone to bed so late last night. What else would she complain about. Use I wish you had/hadn’t. If you had…

Matisse, Henry The Ballet Dancer, Harmony in Grey 1927

CEFR – B1/B2 •  Describe the painting. How do you like it? •  What is the woman like? •  Do you have anything in common with this woman? What? •  Imagine all the things this woman did yesterday. Now tell us about her activities. •  What do you like to do in your spare time?

cefr – c1 •  Imagine what this woman’s life is like. Tell us about it. We want to hear all the gossip and details (name, job, dreams, aspirations, history, fears, love life…) •  What’s your favorite fictional character (from a movie, book, TV show, play). Tell us about him/her. Why do you like him/her so much? •  Think of a celebrity (the other students try to guess who the person is by asking YES/NO questions) •  (suggestion: play the movie BLACK SWAN directed by Darren Aronofsky, and continue the discussion on art, ambition, celebrity)

Matisse, Henry. Music 1939

Cerf – a2 •  Describe the scene. •  What is the relationship between these women? •  Tell us what they usually enjoy doing on the weekend. •  Can you play any musical instrument? •  Can you do anything special? •  What is your favorite kind of music? Why? •  Tell us about your favorite singer or band.

cefr – b1 •  The woman on the left can’t play or sing. She has some regrets. Express them. Use I should have; I should not have; If I had… •  Write a dialogue between these two women. Then act it out with your partner (pair work). •  Famous musicians are usually well-off. What would you do if you were a famous singer/musician? Give us a lot of details.

Thanks! JORGE SETTE www.jorgesette.wordpress.com Twitter: @jorgesetteELT

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