Do students really want fun in the ELT classroom?

12 May 2018
10-min Plenary

Do students really want fun in the ELT classroom?

‘& it’s fun!’ is often used in ELT teacher notes when describing material/an activity. I will put forward the case for this not being a very sound criteria. Through my experiences and first-hand student feedback I’ll suggest that students do not particularly value fun, though it may be a desirable by-product of learning. Possible pitfalls of focussing on fun will be discussed, as well as what my learners really want. Finally, I’ll offer other criteria to consider when planning and teaching.