Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Manhattan office windows

Manhattan office windows by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

Manhattan office windows by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

At IATEFL 2015 I learnt about The role of the image in materials design from Ceri Jones and Ben Goldstein. One of the sources they recommended following was Unsplash, who send out a selection of photos to your email every week, all of which are available under a Creative Commons 0 license, meaning they can be used for free without requesting permission first. The photos are always beautiful, and I found this one particularly striking.

What would you do with this image 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!)

You might also like to extend it by using the ELTpics Windows and Doors or Urban collections.

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Comments on: "Manhattan office windows" (1)

  1. Reminds me of the 2012 film ‘Dans la maison’. It centres on a teacher and a gifted pupil he discovers has some literary talent. The film is all about representations of real life through literature and over time this blurs, creating moments of mystery and comedy. I really recommend it, but it is an odd film.

    The ending is where I draw comparison with this post. Here the boy and the teacher sit on a bench overlooking the apartment block where the teacher lives. They, and we the audience, can look into some of the rooms in the block and see what’s going on, although you can’t make out what they inhabitants of each apartment are saying to each other. Teacher and pupil enter into a kind of competition as the film closes, egging each other on to come up with narratives for what they can see through each window.

    And that’s what I’d do here. Students write down the stories for what they can see through each window, or narrate them to each other. Students can then retell the stories they here to a different person, record them, play them, challenge others to guess which window they’re talking about… Lots of scope here. 🙂

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