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  • And make no mistake, this is an activity that should be done after the student has done some study of the work. It should not be used as an introduction – this would be squandering the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of the words....
  •  Finding appropriate textsIt isn’t too difficult to find access to short stories and poetry on-line, especially classics which have passed beyond the copyright date. For example www.world-english.org offers free access to a number of British and...
  • For example there is a certain inspirational zeal that inspires the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to offer a significant prize for the best film based on a poem – the prize is awarded to the filmmaker whose use of verse in film...
  • Graphic novelsWestern countries have adopted the manga tradition in the form of graphic novels which have more recently resulted in the award winning Manga Shakespeare series, produced by the publishers Self Made Hero. Advocates of manga and graphic...
  • Some English teachers teach English language only, and some teach English literature only, but many (for example in secondary schools around the world) probably have to cover both.  Why would these groups want to bring Dickens into their classrooms...
  • This is a great motivator. Poems are often rich in cultural references, and they present a wide range of learning opportunities. For me, the aim is to teach English through poetry, not to teach the poetry itself, so you don't need to be a literature...
  • It all began when an editor at another major children’s publishing house got in touch with me and asked me to have a go at writing a picture book text about “animals dancing”. So “animals dancing” was my remit.I was given an “anything goes” as to...
  • A little later, our guest, the writer Romesh Gunesekera, was welcomed again, but this time it was personal. He was sat down in a small theatre, then the lights were dimmed and a group of 15 and 16 year old students performed a play they had written...
  • A few, possibly, will greet its arrival amongst them with a squeak of delight and start playing with it like a favourite pet. A bit of an exaggeration? Not really. Most teachers of English as a foreign language will identify fairly readily with one...
  •   Why use drama / theatre texts in the language classroom? The "a" type analytical approach to drama / theatre texts The "b" type experiential approach to drama / theatre texts Learning activities using drama / theatre texts Classroom method...
  • I have been lucky enough though to discover a few things about poetry and writing which have inspired me and brought me back to believing in my ability to teach it, and my ability to help others love it. To paraphrase Robin Williams in 'The Dead...
  • I find that poems work well because it is possible to work with a whole text, and sometimes with more than one poem in the same lesson. This can be done successfully at any post-beginner level, so long as the poems are selected with care and with...
  •   Introduction How to start Writing the play I want to be Cinderella Practice, practice, practice The big night Reasons for doing a play A few final thoughts Introduction Studying German at school was a thoroughly depressing experience for me....
  • What can storytelling offer?Storytelling and intercultural understandingOther benefits of using storytelling in the classroomCommonalities of cultures around the worldPerformance techniquesA last wordWhat can storytelling offer?Children have an...
  • This article describes ways to maintain motivation, the first one shows how to generate this motivation. Motivation Maintaining and protecting motivation Rounding off the learning experiences References  
  • This article describes ways to generate initial motivation, the second one shows how to maintain this motivation. Motivation Creating the basic motivational conditions Generating initial motivation References  
  •   The role of stories and storytelling in language teaching Selecting story books Pupil responses Personal and professional development of teachers Other support materials Books referred to in this article   The role of stories and storytelling in...