Just for fun – 2 talks: ‘All work and no play’ & ‘No pain, no gain’

12 May 2018
30-min session

Just for fun – 2 talks: ‘All work and no play’ & ‘No pain, no gain’

Terrence Rattigan’s popular comedy French Without Tears (1936) was named after a well-known textbook of the time. The title plays on the widespread longing for a language teaching method that is painless, pleasurable, and fast. Fun, in short. But can language learning really be fun? Isn’t it about effort, concentration and the long haul? In these two talks (All work and no play and No pain, no gain) I’ll argue the case for and against foregrounding fun as a guiding principle in methodology and course design. Just for fun, you won’t know in which order I’ll be doing the talks.

What will you get out of this session? A better understanding of how affective factors impact on learning; a sense of how to combine both the serious and the pleasurable and a more finely-tuned capacity to assess the claims of certain merchandisers.