23 Jun '14

News Can I have P please Bob? Using 80s gameshows to teach languages

Family Fortunes, Blockbuster and Blankety Blank aren't the most obvious teaching tools, but they they can be great for encouraging students to learn vocabularlyTeaching English as a foreign language textbooks are bursting at the spines with lively games and activities. I know this because I've tried all of them. But they weren't particularly helpful with one slothful, unresponsive class I was teaching in Prague.Scouring through the likes of New English File and Headway, I laboriously plucked role plays, word searches and charade-style games in an attempt to engage the 19-year-olds. All my attempts were greeted with teenage tuts, moans and, at best, a cool indifference. Continue reading...

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