About

The best place to start, if you’re looking for the whys behind this blog, is another blog: Take a photo and…. , a collection of ideas for language teachers using photographic images in the classroom. Some of the posts in Take a photo and… are written by eltpics‘ curators Sandy Millin and me, Fiona Mauchline, but many are written by guest bloggers, all of whom are sharing members of the language teaching/training sector.

Some of those guest bloggers are well-known in the ELT (English Language Teaching) sector, some will be and some are the heartbeat of the sector – teachers themselves. By reading their ideas, hearing their voices through their words and gleaning further ‘clues’ from their choices of images, a reader can learn something about the bloggers involved, but in order to get to know these people a little better, add different colours to their portraits, each guest (or at least most) also complete a questionnaire – The Burning Questionnaire – to let us into their lives if only for a few minutes. Each post here is linked to a post in Take a photo and…, and vice versa, but if you’d like a little more background, below is the text from the About page ‘over there’.

The questionnaire itself consists of a series of ‘standard’ questions that everyone answers, and a group of ‘disposable’ questions, from which our guests choose three (or four or five or…). I hope you enjoy reading the answers.

Oh, and the beautiful header photo was taken by Raquel de Oliveira at eltpics. Many, many thanks, Raquel 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and welcome to The Burning Questionnaire.

Fiona, April 2012.

Image by Jane Arnold at #eltpics

“This blog is a collection of eltpics is a free photographic resource for teachers, created by teachers (crowdsourcing). All photographs are creative commons, so if you want to use them, all you need to do is credit the photographer. You can find the eltpics resource here.

The resource was created in late 2010 by Victoria Boobyer, Carol Goodey and Vicky Loras. From Spring 2011, two more curators joined the team: Fiona Mauchline and Sandy Millin.

For the first year of its life, eltpics proposed a weekly topic on Twitter and teachers were invited to tweet their shots or links to their pictures using the hashtag #eltpics By its first birthday, the eltpics resource contained 51 different themed sets. The conditions placed on these photos were – and continue to be – photos must be the photographers’ own, they must be ‘live’ rather than computer graphics, and any recognisable person appearing as the subject in a photo must have given their consent.

A few of the photos on offer

Teachers can use the photos for whatever they like – flashcards, classroom material, illustration for blog posts or presentations, but to generate more and more creative ideas for using the resource, this blog was born on eltpics’ first birthday.

We hope to post an idea a week, using at least one photo from eltpics each time. Between us – and you as guest posters – we teach ESL, EFL, adults, teens, children, 1-2-1, groups, translation, teachers, adult literacy, languages other than English…. so we sincerely hope to be able to come up with ideas for everyone.

We also hope you thoroughly enjoy using it, and if you’d like to contribute, tweet us with the #eltpics hashtag

Welcome aboard.

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