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Cynthia commented on I'm Migrant: A Digital Picture Dictionary

Thanks Sarah for sharing the links. The videos about objects are a great idea and it was really interesting seeing the men on questionbridge discussing the same issue from different perspectives.

As far as stories go, I was probably thinking more from a teacher's perspective where once students had seen/drawn/taken photos etc, they could string the photos together to tell a story (imaginary or real) and at the same time discover the language or words that go with the pictures. By using pictures (or video), others would be able to understand the story without having to speak the same language.

Each person could tell their story through pictures/video (words could be added). Each person who views the picture/video story could add words to it so it would hopefully build up a library of words that go with each picture, in different languages.

Not sure if I am making sense!! Or if it is even possible!
Cynthia

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Cynthia commented on I'm Migrant: A Digital Picture Dictionary

Hi Sarah,

This is a great idea. As a teacher who has spent 12 years teaching kids in a public school that has 85% non English speaking background, pictures have been a lifeline! A picture really does tell a thousand words!

Could there be an option for people to choose picture and link them together to tell a story, or describe something so that they can begin to build stories, reports or other texts?

Cynthia

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Cynthia commented on Language course on staple food wrapping paper

Hi Valentina,

Great idea!
Thinking about your last post where you said that in some resettlement agencies, refugees are on their own after two weeks or so...instead of language as such on the bags, could you put local information that the refugees would have to access, once on their own? Some ideas could be maps of the local area showing things that are most important to refugees of that area, a checklist of sorts that the refugees could work through of the most important things that need to be done once leaving the agency, phone numbers / addresses of place refugees can go for help or seek assistance. Just a few ideas, that could be teamed with language ideas previously mentioned.

Cynthia