Phrasr slide shows


MEC Trainer, Joanna Trzmielewska, writes:



Nowadays, images play an important part in our lives. Pictures and photos help us to create associations, and thus make it is easier for us to remember people and places.

If your students find it difficult to remember idiomatic expressions or phrases, you may help them by including phrasr in your vocabulary lessons.


Phrasr is a website that gives you the chance to input sentences, phrases and idioms and turn them into slide shows with the help of Flickr images. You simply need to type in your sentence, and the images associated with each word will start to load. Click to change any images you do not like and select the one you prefer. When you are happy with your selection, click ‘done’. Then add a title and a name, and click on ‘publish’. You will now see your illustrated phrase. You can send it to a friend by email; the slide shows are stored in the archive.

Below are two examples of what you can do:


A day late and a dollar short


My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk


There are different ways to use this with your students: for example, you could use it to introduce or revise idioms and grammatical structures. You could also ask students to illustrate a story. This way, your vocabulary classes will surely be more interesting and stimulating.

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