Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Joss Klinck just shared this fantastic photo of two women rock climbing in Edinburgh in around 1908.

Rock climbing ladies in 1908

It was part of an article from Edinburgh Live about the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club. The other photo in the article is marked as being from Wikimedia Commons, but I’m not sure about the photo above – please let me know if the climbing photo is not Commons too!

It immediately took me down two different routes: one about questioning stereotypes, perhaps by showing the group photo from the article and asking students to make assumptions, then showing this photo, or by doing some kind of gradual reveal and asking students to work out what’s going on. The other route is as a speaking prompt for a lead in to a sports or extreme sports lesson.

What else could you do with this image and article 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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