Mental Imagery in the EFL classroom is always a good idea. During this activity students will be provided with a chance of working with past tenses and improve speaking skills.
1 - Show this photo on a computer or show a school photo from the past.
2 - If using this photo, tell students this was taken in a school in Kansas in 1925. Ask them to talk about how it is different from the school they knew as a child, and what they imagine these children's lives were like. In pairs, students share ideas.
3 - Monitor students and then give them some feedback.
4 - Tell students to make a list of 4 categories of things they can remember about their childhood. For example, "my favorite toy or game, what they liked to have as a snack at school, a very good friend, my favorite school subject...
5 - In pairs, using their own lists students ask their partners to tell what they remember about each category in the list: " Tell me about your favorite toy."
6 - After both students have remembered about the things on both lists, they discuss the experience briefly.
Adapted from "Imagine That!" - Mental Imagery in the EFL classroom - Jane Arnold, Hebert Puchta , Mario Rinvolucri.