Using images to improve the teaching of skills


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Session given at the Braz-Tesol Pernambuco one-afternoon event in Recife on May 4th at SBS Livraria.

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Using images to improve the teaching of skills

  1. 1. Using Images to Improvethe Teaching of SkillsEduardo Santos
  2. 2. Think of one adjective todefine the images in thenext slides.
  3. 3. exotic
  4. 4. objectives• To examine some possibilities and reasons forusing images in the classroom.• To demonstrate how some course booksintegrate images with the 4 skills.• To inspire teachers to look out for engagingimages and create activities around them.• To show how it is possible to integrate imageswith the 4 skills.
  5. 5. reasons to use images1. A perfect marriage2. Engagement3. Meaning4. Memory and language reactivation5. Technology and the image era6. Convenience7. An international ‘language’
  6. 6. readingSource:Global Elementary pages 30-31. Macmillan.
  7. 7. Interpreting signs
  8. 8. Predicting book covers• Show students pictures of graded readers.• Tell them to guess the name of the book.• Ask students to predict what the story isabout.• Read the summary of the book together andask students why/why not they would like toread that book.
  9. 9. Food for ThoughtThis Rough MagicThe GhostA Second Chance
  10. 10. listeningSource:New Total English Elementary. Pages 80-81.Pearson.
  11. 11. Predicting the listening• Tell students they will listen to a shortprogram about tourists who visit London.• They should predict 5 must-do activities inLondon which will be shown in the program.• Watch the video, compare answers.• Watch again and write down theplaces/activities shown in the video.
  12. 12. speakingSource:New English File Intermediate. Page 117. OUP.
  13. 13. The story behind an image• Choose an image which contains a powerfulmessage.• Ask students to imagine the story behind thatimage and tell their classmates.• Share their stories with the whole group andchoose the most creative one.
  14. 14. Quotes & Images• Choose a theme for the lesson: travelling,happiness, money, etc.• Ask students to find a quote about the giventheme which represents themselves.• Ask students to find an image to go with thequote (Google, Flickr, etc.).• Share the image with the group and discussthe meaning of the quotes and pictures.
  15. 15. writingSource:The Big Picture Pre-Intermediate page 115.Richmond.
  16. 16. Jumbled story• Use print screen to capture images from ashort video which tells a story.• Show the images to students and tell them towrite a story using the pictures given. (set theplot, characters, scene, etc.)• Students compare stories.• Students vote on the most creative story.
  17. 17. How I see meHow I see me. How my students see me.How society sees me. How I really am.
  18. 18. conclusion• During lesson planning always think: “How can thisactivity be enhanced, improved, strengthened, andbecome more memorable to my students throughthe incorporation of an image?”• Start to look at the images around you and yourstudents and think, “How can they be used with theteaching of skills?”• Don’t start off a class with a word of phrase writtenon the board when an image can easily be usedinstead.
  19. 19. “Images speak to us. They give rise tooutbursts of emotion, thought, andcuriosity. They bring back memories andremind us of the experiences we havehad. Images refresh the part of thebrain that words alone fail to reach.”Jamie Keddie – author of Images by OUP