Pictures speak a 1,000 words and are the engine of language teaching because they provide much needed contextualization for the lesson.
Every teacher staying in EFL / ESL should have a picture library, a folder of photos (laminated if you can) of interesting people/places/things/events. Start cutting from newspapers and magazines and you can build a great library pretty quickly.
When you have to teach a lesson without much preparation or warning, just pull out your library! Students in groups can write stories, can talk about the pictures, brainstorm vocabulary, the list of what you can do with them is endless.
Get working on your picture library! Here’s a nice slideshow of the world’s most famous pictures to get you inspired. Get the ppt and pictures on EFL Classroom 2.0 along with hundreds of other presentations with amazing photos!Picture Library,