“Candidates will always be asked to speculate about something which relates to the focus of the visuals. They will never be asked to merely describe the visuals” (CAE Teachers’ Handbook)
Use these wonderfully evocative images to inspire discussion in order to practise Part 2 of the CAE or FCE Exams
40 of the Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken
- Tell me something about the image...(What is happening? What can you see?)
- When might the photo have been taken? / What could be happening? (speculate – It may/might/could have been + past participle, they may/might/could be + present participle)
- What makes the photo powerful? (give your opinion e.g personally, in my opinion)
The photo is black and white and there is a long line of soldiers, for this reason, i think it was taken during World War II. There is a boy running up to one of the men in uniform, it is probably the boy’s father. He could be running to say goodbye if his father is going to fight in the war. The photo shows the personal sacrifice of war like fathers having to leave their families, not knowing if they will see each other again. I feel as though the impact of the photo comes from the length of the queue, as we ask ourselves how many families are torn apart due to war?
Get students to peer assess each other and jot down examples of the following language that they hear their partner use…
After the exercise, students can give feedback on how effectively their partner covered each of the three areas and examples of language they used. As a plenary, students could pool together all of the different examples of the target language (describe, speculate, give opinion) on the board and then take a photo.
Sisters pose for the same photo three separate times, years apart.
A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.
A monk prays for an elderly man who had died suddenly while waiting for a train in Shanxi Taiyuan, China.
A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.
The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.
Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp “death train” near the Elbe in 1945.
Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the uprisings in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011.
A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps, following a luncheon meeting during inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950-53 war.
Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela.
A 4-month-old baby girl in a pink bear suit is miraculously rescued from the rubble by soldiers after four days missing following the Japanese tsunami.
Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.
Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans.
The iconic photo of Tank Man, the unknown rebel who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks in an act of defiance following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.
Pele and British captain Bobby Moore trade jerseys in 1970 as a sign of mutual respect during a World Cup that had been marred by racism.
Earthrise: A photo taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.