Tagged: images

Gifs: The Perfect Language Learning Object

Over the years, I’ve turned into a bit of a “gif” guru. EnglishCentral beginner video lesson content offers brillant gifs for A1 learners. Here’s an example – Hobbies. Gif Lingua and Gif Lingua Books offer a gif “corpus” where gifs are tagged and learners learn...

Using photos when teaching

My work building EnglishCentral and Gif Lingua have convinced me how images are so important for teaching language. The future of language learning and teaching is visual, is controlled reality.  We teachers can provide so much context to teach direct and also the most salient features, points of...

Gif photos illustrating body language

I really love those short, sweet, “video like” gif photos and I can attest that students do too! Show GIFs to illustrate a whole number of things and as an living image, they really can be effectively used by teachers to illustrate and teach a large...

Colorizing History. Technological Dilemmas.

Technology is allowing teachers to not just tear down the walls that surround their classroom, it also is allowing improved ways to present content. For the language classroom, images are an essential tool to generate conversation, contextualize vocabulary and build critical thinking skills. I’ve always...

5 Card Flickr – Storytelling….

Yesterday on twitter, I was pinged and asked about “Storyboards”. I offered my own collected resources, including Story Dominoes. Both fine resources with photos which students can use to either tell or write a story. A wonderful activity (and always make sure to get students...

Montage Maker

Today I was experimenting with a cool way to support your classroom instruction and contextualize the language you are teaching. Even make a game of it! I returned to Grant Robinson, maker of the wonderful Guess The Google game. It’s since been retired but now...

Random Image Generator

I was playing around today and came across a nice random image generator. This is stellar for open ended, conversational, contextual lessons. Very unplugged and great language practice opportunity. Click on the image below to start (you’ll have to refill in the captcha, that’s all)...

Picture Sets

Pictures are the fundamental “intermediary” for context in language teaching. That can be the pictures in a textbook, those in flashcards, on the board, in a power point or through video. They bridge the bewilderment of sound and give it meaning. The best pictures for...

The #1 ….. (badge maker)

The #1 ….. (badge maker)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Big Huge Labs Big Huge Labs makes badge making so simple! Just go there, upload a photo and design it as you like. Lots of choices, from a regular styled “Hello” badge to something...

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