Using Photos to Get Students of All Ages Talking

Wednesday 17 July 2024, 4.00pm (UK time)


This session looks at using images in EFL lessons to encourage genuine and meaningful communication between students. We’ll look at five information gap tasks using photos which work with learners of different levels and age groups. As well encouraging speaking and listening, we’ll look at how activities using images work with mixed ability groups and can encourage creativity and critical thinking. During the webinar we will also explore how to select photos for different age groups and tasks as well as how to generate images using AI.

About the presenter

Ross Thorburn is a teacher trainer, materials writer, and consultant. Ross started his career in language teaching in 2006. He holds a Trinity DipTESOL, a Trinity FTCL TESOL, an IDLTM and a master’s degree in Language Education. Ross is a keen researcher and has published research articles on teacher training, teacher motivation, task-based learning, and young learners. In 2020, Ross published his first book, Inside Online Language Teaching. His second book, Unlocking Success on the Duolingo English Test was published in 2023. He is the host of the TEFL Training Institute podcast. In his spare time he likes taking photos.

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