Rules of Life

Published: 20170601

Journal: The Language Teacher 41, (5), 27-28. Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT).

Author(s): Brian Cullen, Ian Roth

Abstract: In The Rules of Life, Templar (2012) provides advice for living better. Some “rules” he proposes include, “Accept what is done is done” and “Dedicate your life to something.” While these kinds of rules proposed by other people can be useful, this activity helps students to identify their own rules. This can foster learner autonomy and critical thinking while also providing a fun language learning experience. After coming up with their own rules, the students represent them graphically with icons and share their rules in short group presentations.

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