There was a good post from Russ Mayne recently on the importance of criticism. He mentioned overly unpleasant criticism and unnecessary venom that might accompany it. Russ mentioned both academic and social media contexts. This post is about the latter, and mainly blogs.
I’ve directed unnecessary venom and ad hominem attacks at somebody in ELT before. I once called Geoff Jordan a false idol and even referred to him as, quote, ‘the Bam Margera of ELT’. That was poor form – I don’t even know if he owns a skateboard. Honestly, it was in the heat of the moment and I apologize.
Silly Shakespeare for Students is a new series from Alphabet Publishing. It offers simplified versions of well-known Shakespeare plays, making them accessible and fun for English language learners. You can read the blurb from the publisher here.
A few key points about the resources…
Each play in the series has been cut to about an hour
They’re all done in rhyming couplets – short, sharp and engaging
They include lots of humour throughout, regardless of the original genre
Plays include stage directions, some production notes, plus an explanation of how the play has been adapted.
Rushed off my feet. No time to put any news and views together in recent months. This one will be more views than news, and a bit loose.
So, what’s going on?
I expected loads more cancelled projects due to COVID-19. There’s been talk of some, but it also seems like there are plenty of contracts around. My usual ‘bug all my connections on LinkedIn until someone caves in and offers me writing’ has reaped the usual rewards. Having said that, I’ve been too busy to take most things on. New teaching role (see here), lots to learn.
There’s understandably a lot of worry at the moment for writers. The question on everyone’s lips seems to be…
Will pay remain this low?
Yeah, probably. Experienced writers love to reminisce about when royalties and other perquisites came as standard. When publishers’ demands were reasonable, when writers really did retire to the Cayman Islands… We’re talking back when Babylon Zoo topped the charts with Spaceman. (more…)
I don’t do enough spelling practice. I should develop in that area, definitely. But one fun thing I do is a simple whiteboard spelling game as a review.
Give each team (about 4 students) a mini whiteboard, pen, eraser. Say one of the target words, and students spell it on the board. But…
Each student can only write one letter
They must then pass the board to their left
The next student writes the next letter
Students can collaborate over the spelling
When they’ve completed the word they hold the board up. The first team to finish gets a point.
Not got mini whiteboards? Just use a laminated piece of paper and some tissue as the rubber.
One team keeps winning…
Ha! Always happens. The game is just for fun. If a team keeps winning just get them to use their wrong hand to write each letter! Educational value, a bit. Fun and hilarity, plenty.
On our CELTA YL course one teacher put piles of letters (cut up) on each desk. He said a word and students worked together to construct it using the letters. One student tended to take over, but you could introduce some rules to prevent this.
I’m writing a series of short posts in response to Martin Sketchley’s blog challenge. You can view his new blog here.