Literature meets creativity in the English language classroom

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon

Reading and writing are two of the four major language skills that are vital in English language learning. However, most of the time there is a tendency to focus on practicing and improving these skills primarily with respect to standardised test formats.
In order to foster the reading and writing skills in a more engaging and authentic way, the 1HLWc decided to take a different approach. While and after reading the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the students created their own literature portfolios consisting of a variety of creative tasks. Consequently, the students managed to combine reading, writing and creativity in a fairly impressive way.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO OTHER PEOPLE?
Yes, I would recommend this book because it is inspiring, and it makes you think different in various situations. It is a book for people who want to read something extraordinary and non-typical nowadays. In my opinion, it is rather suitable for young people because it shows exactly how different the mankind can be.

Lea Pauzenberger

“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf

According to the Virginia Woolf’s quote “One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well”, the students of the 1HLWc created enjoyable and balanced menus for one day. This task not only enabled the students to apply their English skills but also to combine them with their cooking and nutritional knowledge.