Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Archive for April, 2011

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has a very important place in my heart. I was at Durham University from 2004-2008 and my graduation ceremony took place in the cathedral. Having recently been back for a visit, I thought it would be a good prompt for this blog.

The picture came from this site about Durham Cathedral and Castle as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The homepage for Durham Cathedral is here.

The Cathedral was voted Britain’s favourite building in a survey in 2001.

What would you do with this picture and / or any of the information from the other sites in your class? You can make any assumptions you like about the context in which it is used.

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A fish

What would you do with this fish in your classroom? It’s about 15cm in diameter and fits comfortably into an adult hand.

You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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Geograph website – photographing Britain and Ireland

Geograph is a project to collect photographs representing every grid square in Britain and Ireland. They also have a games section where you can try locating photos on the map. This is an example of one of the images:

Big Fish, Belfast

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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Twin baby boys

What would you do with this video (of twin boys having a conversation) in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

Unfortunately the embed code isn’t working, so I’m afraid you have to click on the video seperately – it’s worth it!

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A paragraph from a book: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This quote is taken from p34 of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

But what is that? Ah, your mobile phone! I have not previously seen its like; it is, I suspect, one of those models capable of communicating via satellite when no ground coverage is available. Will you not answer it? I assure you, sir, I will do my utmost to avoid eavesdropping on your conversation. But you are opting to write a text message instead; very wise: often a few words are more than sufficient. As for myself, I am quite happy to wait as you  navigate the keys. After all, those girls from the National College of Arts have only just finished their tea, and the pleasure of their presence on this street will persist for a few moments longer before they disappear – as inevitably they must – from view around that corner.

What would you do with this paragraph 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 of the formatting is copied from the original text.

The Wikipedia page about the book is here.

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