Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Glasgow Photo Challenge

Here is an activity I use with 16 to 17 year-old learners on government-funded programmes that helps boost their communication and teamwork skills as well as their confidence and motivation.

The Glasgow Photo Challenge consists of small teams (up to four per team is ideal), in a race against the clock to take 20 photographs in and around Glasgow city centre.

Here’s the list of photos I ask them to get:
  1. What is on top of the statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art? Take a photo of the statue.
  2. Take a photo of yourself with a shopkeeper.
  3. Dance or sing along with a busker. Take a photo.
  4. Help unload a van. Take a photo.
  5. Take a photo of the biggest TV you can find.
  6. Take a photo of the sign for Platform 12 at Glasgow Central Station.
  7. Take a photo of the Rogano Restaurant.
  8. Take a photo of a book by Jeffrey Archer.
  9. Take a photo of the cheapest toy in Hamley’s.
  10. Take a photo of the most expensive toy in Hamley’s.
  11. What’s on at the GFT today? Take a photo.
  12. Take a photo outside the Blythswood Square Hotel.
  13. Find the most expensive mobile phone. Take a photo.
  14. Ask someone for directions. Take a photo.
  15. Take a photo of DiMaggio’s.
  16. Take a photo of St. Enoch’s Centre from inside a lift.
  17. Take a photo of someone serving food.
  18. Take a photo of the glass ceiling from inside Princes Square.
  19. Take a photo of today’s U.S. Dollar exchange rate.
  20. How much is a Big Mac? Photograph the price.
As you can see some are straightforward photos of landmarks while others require their participation and initiative.

Armed with the cameras on their mobile phones, I usually allow an hour-and-a-half to take as many of the 20 photos as they can. Once the teams return it’s time to see which is the winner. If each team managed to get all 20 photos then you’d decide a winner by looking at the finer details (such as which team photographed the biggest TV, the cheapest toy at Hamley’s, etc).

So long as the weather is reasonable the young learners really enjoy this activity and return with some wild and whacky stories about how they managed to get some of the photos!

Why not give it a try with learners in your town or city? And let me know how you get on.

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