Everyday USA is an Instagram project started this summer by a collective of photojournalists. I created an activity that could be used in an intermediate to advanced class of any skill - there are conversation, writing, and reading elements in this activity, so you can choose how you want to focus on this material. The reading activity is a skimming exercise based on this interview in National Geographic.
If you are in a lab, students can work on this activity at their own pace, on their own computers. You could also do this in a classroom, with one projection overhead, and students using their phones to move through the photography feed. That last option is for the more adventurous teacher, of course, but maybe give it a try!
A new animated short form StoryCorps! I created a listening comprehension activity to go with it. The first exercise is on basic comprehension, and the second exercise incorporates closer listening and some dictation. I drafted a few conversation questions to close the activity as well.
Here's a great site I found for generating all sorts of prompts. It's meant to be used for writing, but I see no reason you couldn't use this to generate new topics for oral communications exercises as well! Some of the prompts that came up for me just now were:
- What's in your fridge?
- The little boy's idea of heaven was...
- "Sweetheart, what did you bury in the garden?"