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Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

(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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Time for a holiday?

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

Here is another advert from my cinema trip. It advertises the British holiday company Thomson.

What would you do with this advert 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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BBC Close Up videos

The BBC have produced a series of short videos, each of less than 5 minutes, showcasing unsual aspects of cultures from around the world. They are called Close Up and are described like this:

This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.

Some of the topics covered so far include:

What would you do with these videos 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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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

What would you do with this verse 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 of the formatting is copied from the original text.

The Wikipedia page about the rhyme is here.

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Humpty DumptyThis image of Humpty Dumpty was taken from the geograph project (another prompt on this blog), via Wikimedia Commons.

PS I was inspired to add this as a prompt because I was reading Jasper Fforde‘s very funny The Big Over Easy.

A single computer

Apple Mac laptopWhat would you do with a single laptop in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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