Sunday, 9 September 2012

Literature is Great - Part 2

Literature is Great - Part 2

Part 2 of the British Council's 'Literature is Great' resource looks at 'Modern Day British Literature'.  Modern children's/teenagers books from the UK tend to be mainly in the fantasy genre.

Richard, the presenter introduces you to modern day British writers: George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, J R R Tolkien, J R Rowling, Philip Pullman, Anthony Horowitz and  Cressida Cowell.

Which book title and writer do you associate with these images?

The Learn English video exercises involve summarising the main message, answering comprehension questions and completing gap fills.

Additionally, it is worth noting that all the above images come from films.  Some children in the UK have only seen the films and have not read the books.  This varies from child to child and depends on their reading ability.  Is this the same in your country?

Films make the story more accessible for children who have difficulty with reading.  On the other hand, some children could read the books but choose not to because the film is just much easier for them to watch.  This addresses the issue in the podcast this week about reading the book or watching the film. 

What do you think? 

If you wish to express an opinion I welcome you to do so in the comments box below.