the Impossible Objects – and English?

I was going through my old materials&worksheets and came across an immense sourse of inspiration – or at least, of speaking.

What i am talking about is a number of illustrations of Jacque Carelman’s Impossible Objects.

slippers the-lovers-tandem1 umbrella cataloque chair hanger plow-bicycle_impossible_objects pot

My first encounter with them was when I was completely out of ideas for a class on “New Ideas” with a very intelligent and advanced student. All the new ideas mentioned in our book were quite dated, as it happens. We needed inspiration… and a colleague recommended to use the Impossible Objects. We had a great speaking Lesson with that student: he has a very resourсeful mind, so he offered zillions of different uses and applicatiopns for all that objects, and he even acquired some new vocabulary items while discussin, offering, sujecting….

But then  the lesson was over and I never came back to this collection. Which is a pity, as I am sure the resource can be used in a number of ways – to teach different things, both for speaking and grammar..

So what would you do about the pictures?

I’ll be back with an update of ideas soon!


About Svetlana Urisman (Englishteachingnotes)

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for almost a year now and a teacher for about 5 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to forget or lose them You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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