Author Archives: Life-Lit Corner

Schooling of the future?

Is online high schooling about to become the norm for the future? Talking about education over the weekend – what a boring topic; you really ought to get a life, miss – we came to the conclusion that high schools … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 451 – Far out!

For the past five weeks we have been engaged in the provocative world of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and it has been the most rewarding and engaging five weeks of the year for most of my 16 year old students. … Continue reading

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Using film versions to make literature accessible?

The other day I heard that next year there will be a film version of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. So, what do I do? My initial response is: take it off the book list for next year. Teaching texts … Continue reading

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Models and method? A personal touch…

Students often struggle to discover why they are not succeeding in English. This is despite receiving multiple assignments back with comments and tick boxes seemingly indicating what is wrong. It is as if there has to be a moment of … Continue reading

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The frustration of extra-curricular activities

It’s that time of the term when there are camps and excursions and who knows what else which teachers are required to organise and supervise. Next week I shall spend three days watching high school students play golf, bowls and … Continue reading

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When they just don’t switch on…

Languages are fascinating subjects to teach. The animation that one sees on students’ faces when they know they have something to say, something that’s important, something they’ve just discovered and the light bulb has just switched on inside the brain … Continue reading

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