Double snippets

Things are frantic at the moment – it’s that time of year – so while I get my act together and find enough time to upload, and do justice to, some of the wonderful guest posts that are coming in, I thought I’d post a ‘double-whammy’: a link to an article about eltpics, and the shortest of the guest posts – short does mean sweet, though.

The post has been written for us by Clive Elsmore, who is based in England, is originally from Scotland and has spent happy times in climes that make for wonderful photos.

Some of the images by Clive Elsmore (@CliveSir) at eltpics

Clive took the 8,000th eltpics image, so we invited him to send a few words on how he would use eltpics in class. Over to Clive:

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Thinking back to my time in India, without exception all my students struggled to invent stories. They couldn’t do it in their own language let alone in English. Even personalising it would result in requests for a model which, if given, would then restrict ideas and language. This difficulty was really a reflection of their own life experiences – these particular kids had had a patchy education and often received little encouragement for verbal creativity outside school. Owning a book was uncommon.

So, a way to help develop creative writing or more fluent speech might be to group the children in fours or fives and to give them a larger number of selected photos. These could be cut from magazines or, given the facilities, printed from the ELTpics collection http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltpics/sets/. Choosing from ELTpics would make it easier to establish a theme if one was needed. The kids would select a picture, be encouraged to talk about it, collaboratively invent a story using all of the visual cues, and then each would tell another group, the class, or write down, his or her part of the story. Extra stimulation might come from mixing in realia such as an old key, a hairbrush, a used envelope containing a scrap of newspaper, a broken pot and so on, all drawn from a bag.

ELTpics number 8,000 by @CliveSir (Clive Elsmore).

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The second item for this post is a link to a summary written by Shaun Wilden. Every Wednesday at 12.00 and 21.00 GMT or BST as appropriate, Twitter hosts a chat for educators called ELTchat. People from around the world ‘meet’ on twitter to discuss the day’s topics, using the #eltchat hashtag, and the chat has become so popular it was

Bathroom sink. An eltpic by Shaun Wilden, in the Household Objects set.

nominated for an ELTon award this year. On 30th May this year, the midday eltchat was about using ELTpics, and Shaun, one of ELTchat’s founders, wrote the summary, which you can read here.