Vintage Everyday is a site I came across via Read.Now.Learn.Go, a fabulous site updated almost everyday, full of links to very interesting sites that you can use in the class.
I was thinking about an activity that my students could do before we start working on narrative tenses in the class and this is my plan
Go to Vintage Everyday
Choose a photo of the week we are in
Describe the picture answering the following questions
- When was this photo taken?
- How was the weather?
- What was happening when this photo was taken?
- What had happened before the photo was taken?
You can use the following words
After, before, while, as, when, as soon as
Then answer the followings
- Which sentence tells that something happened before the photograph was taken?
- Which sentence tells that something happened at the time the photo was taken?
- Which sentence describes the weather?
Note: My students are teenagers and their level is B2
Wikipedia defines Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They are great for today’s visual learners.
How can infographics be used in language classes?
Both teachers and students can create it
- To introduce the writer of a novel or a story.
- To talk about the era in which the story takes place.
- To talk about the story or the novel highlighting the important events.
- To talk about a character’s decision in a story or a novel.
- To talk about movies.
- To present a topic.
- To preteach or teach a new subject.
- To revise words, prefixes or suffixes.
- To teach passives. (processing) first cows are milked. Then they are sent to …
I think we can make the list longer according to our needs. Before you start creating the infographic
- Choose your template
- Choose the relevant information to use in the infographic
- Use short simple sentences
Some cool infographics on mashables pinterest board for you to follow or get inspiration.
I’ve just come across with easel.ly a site where you can create an infographic. It is quite easy to use the tool. All you have to do is to sign up, chose vhemes (visual themes), drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas and then create your infographic using the available tools on the site. Once you save the infographic, you can embed it on a blog or download it on your computer.
Here is a very quick example I created.
For almost 16 years I haven’t had young learners. This year I have a group of 10 year olds. I just see them once a week and our idea was to give them a chance to chat in English.
Their level of English is so basic, as you can guess .However, their enthusiasm is enormous.
Attending the 2 day-e-twinning-workshops for beginners in Istanbul, we decided to start a project with the kids.
Now my grade 5 students have an e-twinning project called my e-friend where they will e-mail, skype or publish stories of their own.
Yesterday we were in the computer room and they sent their first e-mails to their Polish friends. It was great fun to see their willingness. It was wonderful to see how much they cared about it. It was actually very touching when they shared their fears and concerns about their level of English. When they learned that their friends’ level would almost be the same with them, they felt relieved.
What will they gain from this experience?
Well, at least they know where Poland is now. They learned Chopin was Polish and they are sure that they are not the only ones who are learning English and need practise.
Now I want more partners for my classes. I know it is time consuming but the satisfaction is great!
Last weekend I attended a 2-day-professional development workshops on etwinning for beginners. I must say I learned a lot. I’ve been registered etwinning with a hope to find a Comenius project partner for almost a year but attending the workshops I realised I knew nothing about the site.
Etwinning gives teachers a wonderful opportunity to find partners from everywhere (mainly Europe but then you can add others to your project) start a project and work together. When you start a project, the site allows you to use the learning labs where you can find ideas and resources.
Etwinning not only gives teachers a chance to collaborate but it also gives them professional development opportunities.
If you aren’t there, just visit the site and see what’s going on.
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