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Offline Jenny Villalba

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Quotable quotes in the EFL/ESL classroom
« on: September 27, 2010, 10:33:44 PM »
By paraphrasing what some dictionaries say, a quote is the repetition of statements said by people in speech or writing, especially when they are well- known or their content is creative. Quotes are often used to illustrate a point, to make a comparison or even to intrigue the reader. 
In my experience as an EFL teacher, I have realized quotes are a good elicitation source in a writing exercise or test. One can ask learners to explain what a quote means and it allows them to practice their paraphrasing skills, freely write what they think of it and even personalize their explanations (students often relate what someone has said to their own experiences). This kind of writing exercises can be specially practical and interesting with high- intermediate and advanced students.
The following link may be useful:

However, I noticed the quotes by author are mostly male and I decided to add a link in which women have a voice too:
Accidentally, I also stumbled upon this link You may find some of the quotes funny but there is also a chance to criticize them and even analyze gender stereotypes in them. Enjoy!  :D

Offline Andy Hunt

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Re: Quotable quotes in the EFL/ESL classroom
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2010, 06:26:33 AM »
I like the quotes on the website! It's nice if students look at quotes based around different topics e.g. relationships, life etc.
It's a good activity for students to work out the meaning of quotes or to see if there is a hidden meaning!
Another idea is to use quotes that are either very silly or bizarre! You can have students work out and compare a) what they people are trying to say and b) what they actually said!

Here are some example quotes from smart, intelligent soccer players! These are fun to use:

Gary Lineker to a Scottish player: So Gordon, if you were English what formation would you play?

Strachan: If I was English I?d top myself (kill myself).
Ian Wright :Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match.?
Ian Rush ?I couldn?t settle in Italy ? it was like living in a foreign country.?
Andy Gray:?I was saying the other day, how often the most vulnerable area for goalies is between their legs.?
Brian Moore: ?The news from Guadalajara where the temperature is 96 degrees, is that Falcao is warming up.?