Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Crane on a construction site

Ever wondered what it’s like at the top? (my photo)

The BBC gave a crane driver a camera to film his commute to the cab of his crane, then show what he does every day. It’s something I’ve often wondered about, and I found the thought very interesting – I don’t think I could do that job! If you’re in the UK, you can find the link here. Outside the UK, you need to go via the Britain homepage. [If someone could send me the exact link, that would be great!]

What would you do with this video and article 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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Tin of beans

Emma Herrod was inspired by the Infinite ELT Ideas blog to find out how you’d use a tin of beans in your classroom. Head over to her post to leave your suggestions.

Tin of beans

Tin of Beans by Extraterrestrial Bob ExtraterrestrialBob on Flickr – licensed under CC BY 2.0

I am an immigrant

I am an immigrant posters

A series of posters with the tagline ‘I am an immigrant’ has recently appeared on the London Underground, courtesy of the Movement Against XenophobiaThe money to display the posters was crowdfunded, and the whole campaign is a response to the often negative messages conveyed about immigrants in the run-up to the UK elections in May 2015. You can read more about the campaign on the I am an immigrant website, where the image above was taken from.

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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Top Christmas toys

Today a list of ‘Dream Toys’ for Christmas 2014 was published. The BBC put together a summary of the toys, along with pictures and prices. They range in price from £7.99 up to £99.99.

What's under the Christmas tree this year?

What’s going to be under the Christmas tree this year?

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!) It seems ripe for classroom use, with lots of ideas immediately jumping to mind, but I’d love to hear what you’d do with it first!

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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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