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Wallace and Gromit’s World of Cracking Ideas

Wallace is a great inventor. Well, an inventor at least. As an extension to the highly successful Wallace and Gromit films and in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office, the Cracking Ideas website is designed to inspire people to invent too. They have a set of activities for various age groups which I think would be good materials for the EFL classroom.

Wallace and Gromit

What would you do with these activities 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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Wittertainment Code of Conduct

One of my all-time favourite podcasts is Kermode and Mayo’s Film reviews from BBC Radio 5 live. It makes me laugh (sometimes enough to get weird looks from people on public transport or in the street!), and even if I don’t always agree with the reviews, they always make me think.

About a year ago listeners were asked to send in suggestions for acceptable cinema behaviour, and the whole thing was collated into this poster:

code_of_conduct

There is also an accompanying video, bringing the poster to life.

In 2014, BBC Learning English produced an episode of 6-minute English on cinema etiquette, based on a new story Simon Mayo recently told on the show about a breach of cinema etiquette, as well as some clips from the Code of Conduct. It would be good for lower levels or as an introduction to the text.

What would you do with the Code of Conduct 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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P.S. Hello to Jason Isaacs.

Cat vs Internet (the Oatmeal)

Here is an excerpt from a very funny cartoon from The Oatmeal, about the different methods a cat tries to get its owner’s attention. Click on the image below to see the whole cartoon.

Cat vs Internet - extract from The Oatmeal

What would you do with this cartoon in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the wcontext it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Advertisement search engine

Karenne Sylvester pointed me in the direction of Moat.com, a search engine for advertisements. To use it, you type in the name of a brand (ones popular in America work best), and it displays a montage of their adverts. You can also choose films, or select ‘random brand’. Here are two examples:

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What would you do with this search engine 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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Jubilee/Republic

Two topical words this week:

Jubilee

or, for those so inclined:

Republic

That’s it.
What would you do with these words 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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Catch-up week

It’s a catch-up week this week. There are many posts for you to choose from, including:

Simply find a post that inspires you, then add a comment telling other teachers how you would use it in class. Then, when you are stuck for inspiration, come back to the site and use the tags to search for an area your students need practice in, use the idea, and let us know how it goes!
Looking forward to hearing more of your ideas!

Floppy Disk

What does this symbol mean to you?

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From PSD Graphics

When was the last time you saw one?

That’s the question Scott Hanselman asks in his amusing look at symbols used as icons on computers. In the comments, there is also a very well-thought-out rebuttal by Micheal Lang.

What would you do with this article 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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The Global Pay Scale

This tool from the BBC allows you to find out how your wage compares to average wages around the world. The figures are adjusted to take cost of living into account. It shows about 70 countries.

World wages

What would you do with this tool 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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Change This

Change This is a site offering manifestos and other ideas to change the world of business and entrepreneurship. It is based on an idea from Seth Godin, and has been existed since 2004.

Change this

What would you do with these manifestos 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!)

This prompt was suggested by Catherine Kennedy, a regular commenter on this blog. Her blog is here.

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Adverts from the 90s

For April, I have planned a month of advert-themed prompts on Infinite ELT Ideas. Here is the fourth and final one:

Here are two adverts which I distinctly remember from my childhood. They still remain among my all-time favourite adverts!

The first is from the Milk Marketing Board, encouraging people to buy milk from the milkman.

The second is for Dime chocolate bars (now known as ‘Daim’).

What would you do with these adverts 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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