Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Archive for August, 2011

The Employment: a short video

Veronica Herrera alerted me to the existence of this interesting short film called ‘El Empleo’. Its name has been translated as ‘The Employment’.

(Thanks to Rob for re-finding it for me!)

It’s about five minutes long and could promote a lot of discussion. So what would you do with it in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.

(P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for future prompts, please let me know!)

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Windows & Doors

What would you do with these pictures in your classroom?

(Click on the image above to see the full set)

This is a set from the Flickr #eltpics stream.  Find out how to join in with #eltpics and take a look at some of the 40+ sets that we have created together so far. All of the pictures (including the ones above) are shared under a creative commons licence, meaning that they are available for teachers to use in their classrooms without having to worry about breaching copyright.

You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no bad ideas!

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.

The World

This is the world map from Wikipedia. On the site it can be edited and coloured to create different maps depending on the topic of the page it is attached to. Here is the generic map (slightly outdated in terms of country borders):

World Map

From Wikimedia Commons

What would you do with this map in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.

(P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for future prompts, please let me know!)

20 Phrasal Verbs

Gordon Scruton sent me this tweet last week:

The link took me to his blog, about an interesting lesson based on the 20 most common phrasal verbs in English. The list he based the lesson on came from the Learn English from Home blog, and I have copied it below.

bring up, carry on, chase up, come across, come up with, fall apart, get along, get away with, get over, give up, go on, hold on, look after, look up, make out, pull over, put down, put off, turn up, watch out. (Click here for the original article with explanations)

So, what would you do with this list of phrasal verbs in class? Take a look at Gordon’s lesson for a bit of inspiration, and let’s help him out with some more ideas 🙂 You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. There are no wrong answers…

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The Boat That Rocked

I took this picture last summer, and didn’t realise until this summer that it was the ship the was used in the film The Boat that Rocked.

It’s now been painted in it’s original colours of red and white, and can be visited at Harwich Pier in Essex.

What would you do with this picture and information in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.