Sunday, November 05, 2006

Teaching's Holy Grail - Irrresistable content

As I watch my daughter playing on the Polly Pocket site, effortlessly negotiating the vast site even though she has just started learning to read and write in English, I see once again how finding material that students are interested in, can completely change their attitude to the language. I've seen the most indifferent of pupils struggle (and understand) material that I would never have imagined possible, simply because they decided that they had to do it in order to achieve their own goals.

So, it doesn't matter what you choose as long as it is in English and helps your students. Don't rule out using films, music, comics, video games even car repair manuals, whatever sparks a glimmer of interest.

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