Collaborative idea generation for ELT

(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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Comments on: "Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World" (4)

  1. Mike Harrison said:

    Hi Sandy,

    Good to see this blog back up and running!

    I think I’ve tried to use 60 second idea in the past but never got very far with it. With this one I’d suggest using it in a sequence where you work on different ways of introducing yourself and introducing others. You could get your students to predict what the speaker is going to say, or get them to write down as much of the content as they can as they listen and then get them to try and work together to produce something close to the original text (dictogloss style!)

    You could also get student to produce their own 60 second ideas, making it into a kind of competition (voting for the best/most interesting idea).

    Something else that might work well is setting the task of listening to 60 second idea podcasts outside of class time. Students then retell them in their own words in the next lesson.

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