The Adaptation of Classics: the perfect mix for learning languages and improving concentration


We are currently experiencing a technological revolution, where young students are increasingly inclined to spend more time engaging in activities closely linked to technology. For teachers worldwide, it has become a significant challenge to continue teaching in a primarily analogical way, and literature is a clear example of this. It is not easy for students, who are accustomed to spending several hours in front of a screen, to pay attention to a 400-page book.

Technology is often seen as a source of distraction and laziness. However, when used correctly, it can actually help students improve their learning and retention of a new language. Additionally, technology can also facilitate reflection on the different cultures that have developed in countries other than their own.

Languages are learned by speaking… and reading!

As students learn new languages, they often make mistakes by assuming that expressions from their native language are used in the same way in the language they are practising. However, this is not always true. Reading in other languages is incredibly beneficial because it helps learners acquire not only new vocabulary and grammar but also expressions and ways of structuring sentences. What better way to achieve this than by reading literature from great authors?

One effective method for students to enhance their language skills is to engage in reading great works of literature and to adapt selected pieces. This approach facilitates the gradual improvement of their proficiency in language and fosters a greater sense of comfort and ease with reading.

Technology is not the enemy; the enemy is its misuse

Present adaptations of literary texts in a format that young people no longer engage with is not productive. Instead, it is more effective to create familiar learning environments and introduce literary texts through multimedia elements such as images, audio, etc.

This approach can assist students in engaging with the material more effectively and enhancing their learning process. The process of adopting new habits should be well-planned to ensure their internalisation. To introduce students to reading classic literature works in their native language and other languages, it is important to design resources that gradually capture their attention.

It is unrealistic to expect a high school student to read a Shakespeare play without prior preparation. However, suppose they are provided with digital resources that gradually increase in difficulty. In that case, their reading and listening skills can be improved, eventually enabling them to engage confidently with the play and participate in conversations.

It’s time to read!

The methodology utilised in this context enhances students’ cognitive abilities, concentration, and language proficiency.

It is important to teach with new learning methodologies and encourage students to read. Whether students read at a slow or fast pace, consistency and sustained improvement are key to helping them improve their capacity to learn and absorb new information. This approach can be particularly effective when teaching languages.

Adapting to reading in other languages, understanding diverse cultures, and maintaining concentration are crucial skills for young learners. With the right approach, they can be taught effectively by teachers.

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