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Every picture tells a story

How can you use pictures to motivate learners
the view from the window of a plane in air
© UCLES 2018

Many of you noted in your comments on Amal’s lesson last week the importance of beginning a lesson by getting learners’ attention, engaging them, motivating them and getting them talking. Choosing and using photos or pictures is a great way to help engage learners and involve them.

Task

Look again at the course image above.

  • Who do you think took this picture?
  • Where was she going?
  • Where is she now?
  • What happened before the picture was taken?
  • What happened afterwards?
  • Post your ideas in the comments section and see how many different ideas and stories different participants have created from this image.

    If you’d like to know the real answers to the questions, then download the pdf here or below.

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