Desperate teachers are using EMOJIS to get pupils interested in the works of William Shakespeare
Experts believe the symbols help youngsters learn the great dramatist’s plays.
They also make it easier for children to understand the ideas of Shakespeare.
Charlotte Hodgson, an English teacher at Avonbourne College in Bournemouth, used emojis to explain A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
She said: “Everyone in the English department uses them.
“I’ve had classes plot the entire summary of a scene in emojis and then they put them on to a graph to show the tension the characters are feeling.
“They find quotations to illustrate this, so it builds to become higher-level learning as well.”
Charlotte said the emojis were a starting point to help kids understand and worked particularly well at ages 11 and 12.
But Clare Sealy, headteacher at St Matthias School in Tower Hamlets, East London, slammed the use of the images. She told the Times Education Supplement: “As educators, we have not a single minute to waste teaching trivia, such as emojis.
“How will such learning help bridge the word gap? How can we help disadvantaged children gain the sorts of powerful knowledge children in, say, the top public schools have?”
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