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Posts tagged ‘writing’

Tripline

Tripline is a great website I found out about through Twitter. You can use it to create personalised maps showing individual locations or a longer journey, including adding photos and extra information about the places. It requires you to sign in, but it’s free and you can link it to your facebook account so you don’t have to remember extra passwords. You can also browse other people’s maps without logging in.

Here is a map I made showing all the places I visited on my year abroad in 2006 and 2007. I haven’t managed to add photos to it yet, as I haven’t had time, but one day I hope I will.

What would you do with this website 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 ideas!

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Postcrossing

Postcrossing is a way of sending and receiving postcards to people all over the world. Registration is free and you can get up to five addresses when you first join. As you send more postcards you’re allowed to get more. Since I joined about two years ago I’ve sent 55 postcards and received 57. This is the range of countries I’ve been in contact with:

countries pie chart

What would you do with this website 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 ideas!

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The Employment: a short video

Veronica Herrera alerted me to the existence of this interesting short film called ‘El Empleo’. Its name has been translated as ‘The Employment’.

(Thanks to Rob for re-finding it for me!)

It’s about five minutes long and could promote a lot of discussion. So 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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(P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for future prompts, please let me know!)

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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Pillow

Just a word this week:

Pillow

That’s it.
What would you do with this word 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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Alice’s Bucket List

Screenshot from Alice's bucket list blog (click on the picture to go to the blog)

I just came across this blog today via my flatmate and @neilhimself (Neil Gaiman) on Twitter. Click on the picture to access the blog (I can’t embed it here due to WordPress restrictions). It’s very emotional and I think it could create a lot of discussion and ideas in class. If you have any ideas how to help Alice achieve any of the things on her bucket list, you could contact her and let her know.

What would you do with this blog 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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Unshelved

Unshelved cartoon: there are two kinds of people

(c) Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum Unshelved.com Used with permission

This is a cartoon strip from a series called Unshelved set in a library. I particularly like them as my mum is a librarian and my first job was a library assistant.

What would you do with this cartoon 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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