Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Archive for September, 2011

Birthdays

This week is one which sees two important birthdays being celebrated.

Many of you will have seen the Google doodle yesterday, created to mark the company’s 13th birthday:

Google's 13th birthdayThe other birthday (clearly much more significant!) is the first anniversary of #eltchat, weekly Twitter chats taking place at 12pm and 9pm GMT/BST. They are where I have found much of the inspiration for this blog, as well as a lot of friendly and motivating people.

Eltchat's 1st birthday

How would you use these images 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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Dexter’s Routine

Sabrina De Vita suggested this week’s prompt in her post about Dexter’s daily routine. For those of you who don’t know the series (which included me!) here’s the first sentence from Wikipedia explaining what it’s about:

Dexter is an American television drama series that centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer.

The first video is about Dexter’s morning routine:

The second is about a woman’s evening routine, made in a similar vein.

How would you use these videos 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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P.S. This week’s post is a couple of days late I’m afraid – I completely forgot it was Wednesday, then didn’t have time to post yesterday!

Your local area

Just a phrase this week:

your local area

That’s it.
What would you do with your local area in and out of 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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Postcrossing

Postcrossing is a way of sending and receiving postcards to people all over the world. Registration is free and you can get up to five addresses when you first join. As you send more postcards you’re allowed to get more. Since I joined about two years ago I’ve sent 55 postcards and received 57. This is the range of countries I’ve been in contact with:

countries pie chart

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. There are no wrong ideas!

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.