Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Found in translation

Tingo poster designed by Anjana Iyer

Poster designed by Anjana Iyer (click to see all of her posters – no copyright infringement is intended)

Found in Translation is a series of posters by Anjana Iyer. She aimed to illustrate words which cannot be translated into English word-for-word. I think the results are beautiful. There are 100 of them as part of a 100 days project run by artists.

What would you do with these posters in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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A lunch box

A lunch box

What would you do with a lunch box in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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The perfect woman

Esther Honig

Esther Honig

Esther Honig is a human interest reporter. As part of a project called ‘Before and After’, she sent the image above to photo editors around the world, along with a simple request: “Make me look beautiful”. The results are a fascinating insight into what ‘beautiful’ really means around the world. You can see all of the images on Honig’s website.

What would you do with these photos in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

Thanks to my mum, Kate Millin, for sending me this.

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Lead

Just a word this week:

Lead

That’s it.
What would you do with this word in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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A long time ago (so long ago he’s almost certainly forgotten about it) Ken Wilson shared a link to a buzzfeed article called ‘36 things you obviously need in your new home‘.

This is my favourite:

A library staircase

A library staircase

What would you do with these pictures in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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(Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas has been on a long break, but now it’s back, hopefully for a while!

Forum – a World of Ideas‘, from the BBC World Service, is one of my favourite podcasts because it examines lots of ideas in depth and always makes me think.

Every episode they include a ‘Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World‘, which is available as a separate podcast. In it, one of their three experts has sixty seconds to propose an idea which they think would make the world a better place. The presenter and other two experts then discuss how it would work and whether they agree that it’s a good idea. Each episode is available for 30 days after it’s been broadcast, but you can download them and keep them forever.

60 Second Idea to Improve the World

 

One which I particularly liked was broadcast on May 24th 2014, and was the reason I resurrected the blog!

A memorable introduction

The Nigerian born novelist Okey Ndibe suggests we find a new way of introducing ourselves to others through our favourite artworks or objects. So rather than just telling someone your name, adopt a piece of art or even just a tree or a flower, and explain what it reveals about you.

What would you do with this podcast in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Cow Clicker

Cow clicker

Cow Clicker was developed by Ian Bogost as a satire on social network games like Farmville. It ended on September 7, 2011 with the Cowpocalypse. There is now a variation on it called an interactive clicktion.

Ela Wassell told me about the phenomenon of Cow Clicker, and sent me an article detailing its development.

What would you do with this idea in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

Chris Wilson recommended an amazing tool called ‘The Scale of the Universe’. It starts off at human scale, and you can zoom in and zoom out to the extremes of the scale of the universe.

What would you do with this tool in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Mother, daughter and doll by Boushra Almutawakel

Mother, Daugh­ter and Doll is a series of 8 photos by Boushra Almutawakel. She is an Arab Muslim living in Yemen, who wears a hijab. The photos are a way of opening a discussion on the role of veiling. They were featured as the Guardian Pictures of the week a couple of weeks ago.

What would you do with these photos in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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I’m posting this on the day of the first ever Image Conference. Why not take a look at the site to find inspiration for your suggestions?

P.S. Thanks Sharon for pointing these photos out to me.

What Ali wore

Zoe Spawton has been taking photos of Ali since August 2012. He is a Turkish man with a keen sense of style who walks past the cafe where she works every day. She posts the photos on a blog. Here is one of her with Ali:

Ali and Zoe

 

I found out about them via the Guardian Pictures of the week.

What would you do with these photos in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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