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Posts tagged ‘storytelling’

A lunch box

A lunch box

What would you do with a lunch box 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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Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

Chris Wilson recommended an amazing tool called ‘The Scale of the Universe’. It starts off at human scale, and you can zoom in and zoom out to the extremes of the scale of the universe.

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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Newspaper adverts

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

I saw these two adverts very soon one after the other before a film at the cinema last week. They advertise two famous newspapers in the UK, The Sun and The Guardian.

While writing this post, I also found a satirical reworking of The Guardian video as if made by The Sun.

What would you do with these videos (separately or together) 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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‘Batman’ pulled over by police in Maryland

An extra Infinite ELT Ideas prompt this week, shared by Laura Patsko on Twitter, and too good to resist! It’s a two-minute video of ‘Batman’ being pulled over by police in Maryland, shared on the BBC News site.

Batman

What would you do with this video 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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Windows & Doors

What would you do with these pictures in your classroom?

(Click on the image above to see the full set)

This is a set from the Flickr #eltpics stream.  Find out how to join in with #eltpics and take a look at some of the 40+ sets that we have created together so far. All of the pictures (including the ones above) are shared under a creative commons licence, meaning that they are available for teachers to use in their classrooms without having to worry about breaching copyright.

You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no bad ideas!

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20 Phrasal Verbs

Gordon Scruton sent me this tweet last week:

The link took me to his blog, about an interesting lesson based on the 20 most common phrasal verbs in English. The list he based the lesson on came from the Learn English from Home blog, and I have copied it below.

bring up, carry on, chase up, come across, come up with, fall apart, get along, get away with, get over, give up, go on, hold on, look after, look up, make out, pull over, put down, put off, turn up, watch out. (Click here for the original article with explanations)

So, what would you do with this list of phrasal verbs in class? Take a look at Gordon’s lesson for a bit of inspiration, and let’s help him out with some more ideas 🙂 You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. There are no wrong answers…

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The Boat That Rocked

I took this picture last summer, and didn’t realise until this summer that it was the ship the was used in the film The Boat that Rocked.

It’s now been painted in it’s original colours of red and white, and can be visited at Harwich Pier in Essex.

What would you do with this picture and information in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

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BBC Homepage

I’m sure all of us have visited the BBC homepage at some point – I know I go there at least twice a day. It’s a rich source of authentic teaching materials.

What would you do with it in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

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A ticket

What would you do with this ticket 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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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has a very important place in my heart. I was at Durham University from 2004-2008 and my graduation ceremony took place in the cathedral. Having recently been back for a visit, I thought it would be a good prompt for this blog.

The picture came from this site about Durham Cathedral and Castle as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The homepage for Durham Cathedral is here.

The Cathedral was voted Britain’s favourite building in a survey in 2001.

What would you do with this picture and / or any of the information from the other sites in your class? You can make any assumptions you like about the context in which it is used.

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