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  • Writer's pictureLindsey Griffith

Playing with images to encourage fluency in legal English: a contract story activity

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

I attended a webinar last week by graphic designer-turned English trainer Sherri Williams (see her website, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of using images to encourage fluency in the language classroom. At the same time, I have been exploring ways to make my online lessons more engaging and visually appealing. With that in mind, I have lists of cool online tools that I have been playing with to design lessons.

Here's the result of my time on Padlet, an interactive virtual wall where groups can collaborate to post images and text (like sticky notes). This particular Padlet was designed for legal English students.

You could start the activity by brainstorming legal English vocabulary depicted in the images, and then you can have students make a story by arranging the images into a sequence. At this stage, you can spend time on the connections between the images to practice language for connecting ideas and describing processes.

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