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      Using Dickens in class

      Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and the British Council has been helping to celebrate his 200th birthday. One way that we have done this is by making teaching materials which can help teachers introduce Dickens into their lessons.  If you go to http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/dickens you will find a lot of material.  There is a performance of readings from Dickens with music.  This is 1 hour 27 minutes, and you could use it all, or sections.  There is a series of short (up to 5 minutes) videos about some of the characters from Dickens’ novels, the ‘Heroes and Villains’, and there are 14 lesson plans with materials to use in your classes.

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      Using poems to develop productive skills

      You and your students might already enjoy reading and listening to poetry in your own language and perhaps in English too. Poems are, after all, authentic texts.

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      Writing picture books

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      A Spice Island

      Our guest walked down the aircraft steps onto the tarmac and was greeted by a small band and a few dancers dressed in traditional costume.  I wondered if I should tell him that we hadn’t arranged the reception and that it wasn't for him. I mumbled an explanation, but I don't think I was heard.

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      Get lit up: literature as a teacher's best friend

      Literature. Quite a divisive word, that. Throw it through an open window into a room full of language teachers and most will dive behind furniture, fingers in their ears and looks of horror on their faces.

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      Complete poetry resuscitation

      A lot of teachers get the same look - the sigh, the rolling eye, the slump. "We're going to be doing poetry in the next few classes". You cringe through it, they cringe through it.

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      Using poems to develop receptive skills

      I like to bring poetry into the classroom because I believe that it is important and motivating for students to work with authentic texts.

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      Creating a class play

      In this article a teacher reflects on his experiences of creating plays and using them to help motivate students to develop their English.

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      Motivating pupils to read 2

      This is the second of two articles that look at ways to apply the process model of motivation as proposed by Dornyei (2001) to a number of suggestions and techniques for making the challenge of reading authentic literature accessible and motivating.

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      Using poems to develop receptive skills

      I like to bring poetry into the classroom because I believe that it is important and motivating for students to work with authentic texts.

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      Learning English through children's literature

      This article is about the British Council's Young Learners Centre in Paris and how they use children's literature in their teaching of English

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      Using drama texts in the classroom

      In this article, I try to define what I mean by language learning through drama/theatre texts, outline some of the benefits it can bring to the language learning classroom and some of the differing methods and approaches that can be utilised to fully exploit the potential of drama and theatre texts.

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      Storytelling - benefits and tips

      We often give stories to our students to read, but how often do we tell them a story? This article looks at the benefits of storytelling and gives advice on performance skills

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      A Spice Island

      Our guest walked down the aircraft steps onto the tarmac and was greeted by a small band and a few dancers dressed in traditional costume.  I wondered if I should tell him that we hadn’t arranged the reception and that it wasn't for him. I mumbled an explanation, but I don't think I was heard.

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      Complete poetry resuscitation

      A lot of teachers get the same look - the sigh, the rolling eye, the slump. "We're going to be doing poetry in the next few classes". You cringe through it, they cringe through it.

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      Creating a class play

      In this article a teacher reflects on his experiences of creating plays and using them to help motivate students to develop their English.

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      Get lit up: literature as a teacher's best friend

      Literature. Quite a divisive word, that. Throw it through an open window into a room full of language teachers and most will dive behind furniture, fingers in their ears and looks of horror on their faces.

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      Learning English through children's literature

      This article is about the British Council's Young Learners Centre in Paris and how they use children's literature in their teaching of English

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      Tony thank you,for this article.Pictures in the book make the theme or story readable and...
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      Khuraman Safarova's picture

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      Azerbaijan

      I often use poems and songs in my lessons.All children like poems as they are fun.They help the...
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      Khuraman Safarova's picture

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      Azerbaijan

      I am an English teacher at school. I teach not only English Language but also English literature...
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