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Writing prompt: what is in this man's dreams?

Who is this man, what is in his dreams? #creativewriting prompt for #ELT pic.twitter.com/08vhDgv9i9 — Tom Walton (@Tom_IHBCN) November 8, 2014 Here's one I posted to Twitter earlier this week, with the photo one I'd taken of street art in the district of Poble Nou, here in Barcelona. I don't get to teach English these […]

The kind of image you want for class

One I retweeted earlier, from the amazing 500px.com (on Twitter as @500px): Walk by Anna Kulesza: http://t.co/vL24X3Doam via @500px #photography pic.twitter.com/bX1YdmNfHx — 500px (@500px) October 3, 2014 I never use Google Images to look for images to use in class, but see so many great images by following people like 500px on Twitter. If you […]

12 tweets, links to 100s of ideas for class

Having got to 365 tweets, I took a look back at what I've been posting and picked out a dozen things that I particularly liked for one reason or another. In reverse chronological order… #1 | Because, thanks to Twitter, I discovered a great blog for anyone teaching Young Learners: 50 great ways to use […]

365 tweets: how to stop Twitter driving you insane

455 days ago (according to MetricSpot.com), I started tweeting a maximum once a day (an average of 0.80 tweets/day). When I reached 100 tweets, I lost a small bet to Kate, and have now lost a second by failing to get to 365 within 450 days ("Damn it", as Jack Bauer would say!). I am, […]

Writing prompt: a photograph of me as a kid

Photo: left, my brother; right, me The photo on the right has amused entire generations of learners here in Barcelona when I've showed it to them: me, aged 3, wearing wellingtons and an ill-fitting Balaclava helmet that makes me look a lot like Action Man! Mum's can be so cruel! It might actually later have […]

Really creative writing project: a series of dreams

Here's an apparently crazy idea for a creative writing project but one that might work well with an imaginative, co-operative B2+ class, one that wouldn't be put off as soon as they realise it's Bob Dylan (!!!) singing it. Could your learners produce something along similar lines, inspired by this? Working in groups of 4 […]

Get your students to talk, listen and draw

If you're familiar with Barcelona, you should (just about!) recognise what the illustration above is supposed to represent. It came from morning break last week in the staffroom, where there was some disagreement about whether or not you can get learners to draw things. I think you can — and should — no matter how […]

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