In a few weeks, The Image Conference is being held in Barcelona, Spain. I won’t be able to attend but EnglishCentral will be a sponsor. The future of language learning and teaching is visual, is controlled reality.
I got to thinking about all the powerful ways of using images when teaching. I’ll most certainly be making a “50 Ways” list but I was also reminded of a presentation I painstakingly put together several years ago: The Best Photos Of All Time.
Here are a few ways a teacher might use these images in the classroom.
1. Discussion & Play and Pause. Have students describe the photo and state the reason for its significance.
2. Give students a photo and have them research it. Use the 5Ws. Present the background and information to the class.
3. Describe and Draw. A 2 way task students each describe their photo to the other who must listen and draw. Then compare against the original.
4. Timeline. Ask students to research the presentation and put the photos on an historical timeline.
5. Ask students to list their top 5 photos in the presentation. Debate in a group and then explain their group choices to the class.
6. What makes a great photo? Students can brainstorm and then share together the main criteria of what makes a photo “iconic”.
7. Vocabulary. Give students a photo and have them pull out the vocabulary in the photo, label and then share with the class.
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