BOARD DRAWING Many Ts use the board only for writing. But simple pictures drawn on the board can help to increase the interest of a lesson, and are often a good way of showing meaning and conveying situations to the class. One picture is often worth many unnecessary words. You need pictures for : quick explanation of vocabulary items, setting up a discussion or a dialogue or roleplay,etc. It is important to draw quickly, so as to keep the interest of the class. It also helps for Ts to talk as they draw : in this way the class will be more involved, and will understand the picture on the board both from seeing it and from listening to the T. Board drawings should be as simple as possible, showing only the most important details. It is not necessary to be a good artist to draw successfully on the board. The basic skill is to draw people in some form, and stick people are in many ways better than detailed figures because they are so quick to do : add character by giving different shapes of head, fattening up the bodies a little, drawing in simple clothes, adding expression in the mouth and eyes. add locations by a few simple props, for example a railway line and a platform makes a station; a table, knife, fork and a vase of flowers makes a restaurant. Faces : Heads should be large enough to be seen from the back of the class. To indicate expression, change the shape of the mouth. to indicate other expressions ( eg surprise, anger ), raise eyebrows, use a frown. to indicate which way the speaker is facing, change the nose. to indicate sex or age, draw hair. Stick figures : The body should be about twice as long as the head; the arms are the same length as the body; the legs are slightly longer. to indicate actions, bend the legs and arms. Places : To indicate buildings, towns, and directions, use a combination of pictures and words.