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Using poems, quotations and proverbs


Learning a language does not just mean saying something new. It helps to also practise saying words and sounds. The activities below are ways for students to enjoy the music of English.


Choose short simple poems that are close to students’ lives or are weird. These poems are not for heavy analysis, but are for saying aloud.



Immersive Gaming


We know (not only) children enjoy games and there’s a long established tradition of playing games in the language classroom to motivate and support learners particularly in productive use of language. I’ve just heard an item on the radio about recent research from neuroscience which sheds light on why games help in learning and thought you might be interested, so here’s the gist of it.



So, what is Dyslexia?


We throw around the phrase “I am so dyslexic!” Often.

But what does it really mean to have Dyslexia?

A lot of people have this condition, yet we don’t understand it that well.     read more >>


George Orwell: Politics and the English Language


Most of us are aware of George Orwell from his novels Animal Farm and 1984, but he was also a great essayist. Here’s one of his best.

Politics and the English Language

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.     read more >>