Why listen to these audio files?
The speech-bubble expressions are spoken by a young native-English speaker.
The tasks are short, simple and relatively undemanding.
They reflect the kind of sounds a student may face in an English-speaking environment.
These speech-bubble expressions encourage and motivate students to listen to something they have had a hand in creating (by doing the word search and locating the extra letters).
Why is an authentic text (the Super Secret message) important?
An authentic text, such as the one found in Sophie's speech bubble, ....
encourages reading for pleasure because it is more likely to contain topics of interest to learners.
could contain a text type that is not easily found in conventional teaching materials.
is ideal for teaching grammar points such as tenses, articles, subject-verb agreement and commonly used idiomatic expressions such as 'There's ....' or 'Isn't .... ?'
helps bring the words to life, making learning more meaningful.
can offer cultural insights.
is relevant to a child, and therefore makes learning easier.