|Red-Plums by Evan-Amos
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A few months ago, Philip Keegan, materials writer, CELTA/DELTA trainer, and English teacher, got in touch with me. He had been doing a regular Podcast dealing with all things ELT. He had already touched on learning styles, tech, and motivation in language learning. He wondered if I might be up for talking about literature in the language classroom. So we got together via Skype and had a chat for about an hour. The conversation ranged from plums (as in the fruit) to Hemingway (as in the dude) and much in-between.
- Accidentally calling Project Gutenberg the ‘Guggenheim Project’ at the beginning of the podcast. (Which seems to be a not uncommon mistake as Google’s first hit for ‘The Guggenheim Project’ happens to be, “Project Gutenberg.’ Not that I’m trying to make excuses or anything…you know.)
- Kind of forgetting to give concrete examples of how I actually use literature in the classroom, which I think had been the point of our conversation, and which I forgot about soon after I started talking.
- Claiming something along the lines of Project Gutenberg having electronic versions of almost every public domain book. Which is obviously just a bunch of techno-bug-eyed-craziness. They house 42,000 free ebooks and with their partner organisations make over 100,000 texts available. That’s a lot. But it isn’t all of them or even most. But maybe someday.
I also though this might be a good chance to link to some of the writing I’ve done over the past year or so on using literature in the language classroom. That way maybe I can make up for having left so much of what I was supposed to be talking about out of the podcast: