Teacher Larry Ferlazzo in this blog post suggests several activities, including some that use photos and videos, to help teach English-language learners.

In one activity, students view photos and, throughout the week, write words, then sentences and finally essays about the photos. In another activity, students complete writing exercises based on what they have seen in slideshows, videos and animation programs.

Using The Picture Word Inductive Model

The Picture Word Inductive Model, originally developed by Emily Calhouncan be used with E.L.L.’s.

In the adaptation I use, I first choose an image that relates to the thematic unit we are studying at the time. (One source of wonderful photos is The Times’s Year in Pictures for 2012.)

For example, if we are learning about “home,” I might use an image from thisTimes slide show on children’s messy bedrooms and use this teaching sequence:

Monday: Invite students to identify objects in the photo and label a classroom version so it looks something like the photo at the top of this post, or like this one. As we go, I’ll also teach some vocabulary, and together we’ll end up with a total of 20 to 25 words. Students will then label their own personal copy of the photo, or related photos they find or bring in on their own.

CONTINUE READING:  The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog