Category Archives: using literature in the ELT classroom

Choice – is it really that important?

Maybe I should put that question in context because, of course, choice is important. It empowers, it validates, it motivates, it engages.  But in the context of extensive reading, is it really that important?  Being able to choose the text you … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Magi

A simple lesson plan for Christmas, based on the classic short story by O. Henry.  You can find the original story here (and on many other sites too) and an audio version with accompanying worksheets here at onestopenglish.  The original text works … Continue reading

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Let it snow …

This lesson plan is an old-favourite of mine.  It’s based on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy and is great for a winter’s morning, afternoon or evening – especially if it’s been snowing.  But it works just as well if … Continue reading

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A close up on translation

Inspired by the twitter #ELTchat conversation yesterday about using translation in class, I’ve decided to take a closer look at a couple of my favourite translation activities.  (I have to confess that I wasn’t actually able to take part in … Continue reading

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This is just to say …

This post is inspired by Scott Thornbury and his post, P is for Poetry.  This is one of my favourite ways in to using poetry in the classroom. I’ve found it works with all kinds of classes, from A2 up, … Continue reading

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