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Archive for March, 2012

‘Batman’ pulled over by police in Maryland

An extra Infinite ELT Ideas prompt this week, shared by Laura Patsko on Twitter, and too good to resist! It’s a two-minute video of ‘Batman’ being pulled over by police in Maryland, shared on the BBC News site.

Batman

What would you do with this video 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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Travel Etiquette: Food and Drink

Travel etiquette is something which often appears in coursebooks. It’s a rich topic for discussion. This article from Lonely Planet has lots of tips about table manners around the world, some of which are ‘corrected’ in the comments below.

Table manners

What would you do with this article 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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John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74

This week’s prompt was suggested by Alan Tait on Twitter.

John Fairfax

It’s an obituary for John Fairfax, the first man to row solo across the Atlantic, and with his girlfriend, one of the first people to row across the Pacific. He was a man who sought adventure because it was there and he could.

What would you do with this obituary 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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What makes Britain British

Recently the British television channel Channel 4 created a programme called ‘Make Bradford British‘. It has had very mixed reviews and prompted a lot of debate about multiculturalism, as well as looking at the controversial Citizenship test which those wanting to settle permanently in the UK or claim British citizenship must pass.

On one page of the accompanying website they published a word cloud of tweets shared under the hashtag #MakesYouBritish. This is a screen capture of the results as I write this (the map is updated every minute):

What makes you British wordcloud

Sam Shepherd tweeted the link to the website and suggested using it in class, which makes it perfect as an Infinite ELT Ideas prompt.

What would you do with these words 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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Men rule movie trailers

Men rule movie trailers

This video appeared in the BBC online magazine on 6th March 2012. It looks at the roles of men and women in the movie trailer industry.

What would you do with this video 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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PS Thanks to everyone on Twitter who tested the video for me :)

Dear Photograph

Described in a quote as “digital nostalgia of the highest order”, Dear Photograph asks users to submit photographs of them holding old photos in front of the same place now. Here’s one example:

Dear photograph example

(There are no copyright notices on the site, but if anyone connected to it needs me to edit this, please let me know)

What would you do with this site 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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I found this website when it was tweeted by Feed the Teacher.

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