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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills -

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills -
Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon? Young people often want to hurry up and make meaning via a quick skim or a cursory glance when a text can demand patience and focus. Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions. This takes practice. We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” Below, we offer ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills. 1. I stumbled across your site while looking for alternate ideas. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More I have periodically shared links to lessons on using art as a language-learning activity, and have published some of my own. I thought it would be useful to start compiling them here, and to invite readers to contribute what I hope are a whole lot more. I’m excluding music lessons from this list since I have several separate ones for them: Pedal power forges ahead in Sao Paulo's famous Avenida Paulista The opening of a bike lane in one of the most famous thoroughfares of Latin America this weekend symbolises a change of heart over attitudes to transport, campaigners say. The distinctive red lane has been built in Avenida Paulista, in the heart of Sao Paulo. The Brazilian city has more than 5.6 million cars and is famous the world over for its traffic congestion. The initiative is part of a project backed by the city's mayor, Fernando Haddad. Mr Haddad pledged to expand Sao Paulo's existing network of bike lanes from 64.7km (40 miles) to 400km in length by 2016.

Homebuilt pickups and trailer hitches: How underage teens skirt the law to drive in Photos by the author. [Editor’s Note: Ronan Glon of Ran When Parked recently took a trip to the Swedish countryside, where he discovered a sneaky (and legal) way some teens there have figured out how to drive before the legal age.] Some of the most interesting cars that Sweden has to offer are hiding in small, rural towns, not in museums. flashmobELT #2 "Flight to Rubovia" This is an exercise I discovered while preparing for my FTBE exam. I liked the idea - it's very student-centered, TTT is not a necessity. What is more, I have been struggling with reducing TTT for a while (I am not much of a chatterbox, but sometimes I just use sooo many words to explain simple things, especially when I see my passive, German students).

G'day mate: 'Lazy' Australian accent caused by 'alcoholic slur' of heavy-drinking early settlers' “Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns… Aussie-speak developed in the early days of colonial settlement from a cocktail of English, Irish, Aboriginal and German – before another mystery influence was slipped into the mix.” Mate, what did ya say? Mr Frenkel said poor communication was “not related to class” but was evident among all sectors of Australian society. “The average Australian speaks to just two thirds capacity – with one third of our articulator muscles always sedentary as if lying on the couch; and that's just concerning articulation,” he wrote. “Missing consonants can include missing ‘t’s (impordant), ‘l’s (Austraya) and ‘s’s (yesh), while many of our vowels are lazily transformed into other vowels, especially ‘a’s to ‘e’s (stending) and ‘i’s (New South Wyles), and ‘i’s to ‘oi’s (noight).” Linguists at Macquarie University

Survival English for Travelers A Basic EFL Course with lesson plans and activities - By Yoda Schmidt Recently, I was asked to teach a one week course to some EFL students at a college near where I work. The course aim was to prepare the students for going to New Zealand for 6 weeks as language exchange students.

Leoxicon: Colligation and a bottom-up approach to grammar Summary of Hugh Dellar's IATEFL webinar Following the patterns: colligation and the necessity of a bottom-up approach to grammar - September 2015 For most people, the Lexical Approach is about focusing more on vocabulary in general and collocations in particular. Personally, however, I have always thought that the crux of the Lexical Approach is a different approach to teaching grammar. Julia Roberts plays Mother Earth and Harrison Ford stars as the Ocean as Hollywood A-list 'speaks out for nature' Ecosystem services. You’ve nodded off already, haven’t you? But wake up! Here are some Hollywood A-listers making a decent attempt to move beyond the obscure jargon and reveal the existential nature of what the Earth provides for humanity.

Stories, Stories, Stories Using photos in EFL Classroom, part 3 We are all stories, right? We tell a new story, the same story, another story all the time and we do it in the class too. Today I’m going to mention activities that can be used to create new stories for the theme “Using Photos in EFL Classes”. You can either ask your students to bring some photos they have taken or you can choose the photos you’ve taken or as usual, go to #ELTpics and tell them to choose the pictures they want to think about and write their stories. You can tell them to write

Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life By Maria Popova We are storytelling animals and the actual telling of stories — that ancient aural mesmerism of the human voice — continues to bewitch us somehow more thoroughly than any other medium of tale-transmission. This, perhaps, is why podcasts have emerged as a storytelling modality capable of particular enchantment — a marriage of the primeval and the present. Here are nine favorite exemplars of the medium, each showcased via one particularly spectacular episode and a sampler-playlist of three more treats from the show’s archives. On Being with Krista Tippett (iTunes): Mary Oliver // Listening to the World

Alliteration Worksheets Alliteration Worksheets Practice Alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. They are similar sounds in words that occur in close relation to other words in the sentence or phrase. Endless stream of movie clips of specific phrases (Yeah, but then I'd have to cut off his dick and feed it to the homeless.) Our service will teach you to understand spoken English. The purpose of service is to learn english using TV series. We create video sequence from scenes that contain the word you search for. As soon as you submit your search query, the phrase list is returned and phrase list are played automatically.

7 Books To Read If You Can't Afford To Travel For me, travel is less about taking selfies in front of landmarks and more about being immersed in a new experience. It's about the little things — signs in different languages, water that tastes just a little off, the way cosmetics aisles vary throughout the world. It's about the small talk you make with locals and the exhilarating challenge of finding your way down unfamiliar streets. This past summer, I somewhat spontaneously dropped my busy NYC life and flew across the country to San Juan Island, Washington. I was standing outside of the Seattle airport, (waiting for the bus that would then take me to a ferry), and I had a strange moment of epiphany, realizing how wonderfully different it felt to breathe there.