Wonderful images for easy speaking and creative writing tasks

Here's just a quick one with a couple of images that have worked well in class as the starting prompts for both speaking and writing tasks.

The first, above, posted on our Instagram account, was as you can see taken in the street outside.

It's the sort of image I think you want for class — as it seems to tell a story of some kind. Add to it a couple of imaginative questions (see the Instagram post for examples) and you've got the basis for a great, creative, materials-light task, one that is going to require collaboration and plenty of interaction if you get your learners to produce their stories, whether oral (and perhaps recorded) or written.

The second, below was found on Twitter, as you can see:

In this case, apart from things like where the photo might have been taken, you want something along the lines of who or what is up there on the star and what is it that they (or the man on the beach) are trying to communicate…?

Thanks, Kim, once again, for trying that second idea with learners.

See also: Great Twitter feeds for images for class

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  1. Fun! There was one hilarious one about a mother in law up on the star and most of them really got into it. I did have a couple of groups that didn't really take it seriously enough (boys!) – it's supposed to be fun but it's got to be serious fun if you know what I mean?

  2. Thanks for commenting, Kim.

    Yes, this kind of task does require a willingness (I think it's that) to take the (fun!) process of creation seriously. They've got to collaborate, they've got to enjoy creating, they've got to suspend belief that a mother-in-law could end up on a star many billion light years away…

    It's a fine line (and probably not for all classes, but then again what activity is…?) and — knowing quite a lot about your students as I do — I can see that with certain classes, or with certain elements in certain classes, it might not work so well.

    The shoes one worked well with my teens but they're a very small, very willing group, with no one in it who will be disruptive.

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