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Offline Randall Sadler

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Harry Potter: For Literature and Language Learning
« on: February 09, 2007, 11:15:24 AM »
You'll find some links below that should show you ways to use Harry Potter for teaching ESL.  What can you add?  Specifically, can you go beyond these sites?  I'd love to see ideas for using the books to teach vocabulary, grammar, and more!

The Official Harry Potter website, and it also includes lots of other excellent goodies!
AtoZ Kids Stuff--Harry Potter
Includes a number of links, including some specifically for ESL

Web English Teacher
A number of lesson plans (that you pay for!), but also some very useful links

A Harry Potter Webquest--great for reading & writing

Genki English
The Harry Potter Game--a game for ESL students with a TPR twist

Magical TOEIC
A Harry Potter Themed TOEIC Test

New South Wales Department of Education and Training
A number of literature units, including for Harry Potter and ESL (about 1/2 way down page)
A short article from an ESL teacher who used Harry Potter

EFL Geek
A lesson on using Harry Potter for listening comprehension

Harry Potter Lexicon
The title tells it!

Fan Fiction, from
A collection of stories from the Harry Potter world written by fans of the originals

J.K. Rowlings Offical Website

Some Harry Potter Fan sites--great for encouraging writing and communication!
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Re: Harry Potter
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2007, 05:49:00 PM »
Dear Professor Sadler,

I find Harry Potter Lexicon is very useful for me, and I think, this site provides EFL teachers with comprehensive information about the books. Chapter synopses are very useful for readers and especially English teachers. It may be a good idea to do some kind of introductory vocabulary exercises to familarize students with the themes of the story before they should be asked to read. The class can be assigned to read the first chapter or any particular chapter, and vocabulary, grammar and comprehensive exercises can be done with that chapter. If they find the chapter interesting and understandable, the students may continue to read the rest of the book. In order to prapare questions for the students to practice, Harry Potter Lexicon Website would be a great resource for teachers.  ???

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Re: Harry Potter: For Literature and Language Learning
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007, 09:45:43 AM »
 I found the website very useful. There are a lot of activities and things suggested that the teacher can use according to students proficiency, interest and age.

Another point to take into consideration is that if the students don't have a high level, only extracts from the book can be used to teach certain aspects such as culture, verb tense, idioms, themes, plot, etc. If the students do have a high level of proficiency not only we can use the whole book but (depending on the time and interest) maybe more than one.

I think the best way to learn new words is to learn them in context and Harry Potter books are certainly a good source to increase one?s vocabulary. The teacher may ask students to use the new words they have just learned creating new sentences.