Since I like to push my students to engage critically with materials, I’m always on the lookout for interesting and demanding stimuli for my lessons. Subsequently this book was just what I was looking for.
It’s time for the second part of my silent movies round up, my favourite short films with little or no dialogue. To read why I like using these films in my lessons, have a look at part one here.
Each film is accompanied by a short idea which you can use, adapt or ignore as you wish. If you have any ideas for how you’d use the films, leave a comment below. Continue reading “Silent Movies 2: The Sequel”
I like to challenge my students. I like to choose activities and stimuli that will prove to be thought provoking and different. I have no desire to make them, or me, feel uncomfortable, but I do feel that I need to be pushing them mentally in order for them to come up with an interesting response to the materials I provide.
In my one to one class the other day, my student pulled this postcard out of her bag.
|No to Contemporary Art # P4, 2006 by Patrick Guns (www.patrickguns.com). Printed by www.kletandko.be.|
I immediately seized upon the image as I thought it was an arresting image and just the kind of thing I like to use with my students. It’s an ambiguous image, probably photoshopped, with a small amount of interesting language and with plenty of scope for investigation.
Below I’ve listed 41 different things you could say to your student(s) in response to this image. Continue reading “One Postcard”
Here’s a video I’ve been using with my business students. It uses a very short TED talk by Terry Moore, all about tying shoes:
What I love about his video is how he takes something so commonplace and mundane and makes his incredibly intelligent audience realise that they are doing it wrong. He does this with great wit and flourish, before ending with the moral of his story which is the real message behind his talk.
That sometimes a small advantage someplace in life can yield tremendous results someplace else.
One of the great things about having an iPad in the classroom is the quick and immediate access it gives you to relevant and authentic content. It’s the perfect tool for a materials light, one to one teacher like me because something interesting can crop up in conversation and I can almost instantaneously bring up a great resource to share with the student. Continue reading “Free iPad Apps for the ELT Classroom”
Generally I’m not in favour of promoting products or companies in my teaching activities, unless I’m trying to engage my students in critically analysing a subject, for example advertisings effect on children. I’m going to make an exception here though because the Guardian is a news organisation that I think deserves any publicity it gets. I believe it through it’s pursuit of quality investigative journalism, it is actively trying to make the world a better place. In this series, I’m going to share some of the ideas that I get from its online content. Continue reading “Ideas from the Guardian: Experiences”
With that in mind, here’s my homage to (or copy of!) her idea. I’ve started using this apple shaped drinks coaster in a one to one class. What do you think I’m using it for? How would you use it in your classes?