Collaborative idea generation for ELT


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!

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Comments on: "Postcrossing" (2)

  1. I would use the postcards for a description game . Also, I would probably laminate them.

    For the description game I would put them up on the board or lay them across the board. I would describe something about the pictures and students should choose the right one. Then that student can come up and do the same.

    We can also have a daydreaming activity and imagine what it’s like to live in the different country. Have a little free talk about this.

    A fun matching activity would work really well. Have a set of cards (just flashcards, not the postcards) with the country’s flags on them. Students should try to match the postcard with the correct flag.

    That could be a lot of fun! Too bad it takes sooo long to get that many postcards. I think it would be best if we could set up a postcard exchange program between ESL teachers. With the right motivation you could get some really interesting cards from alllll over the world.

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