Yep! One of the best known British writers of all times is turning 200 this year. Exactly on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and he had no easy childhood. His family went bankrupt and his father sent to prison, reason why he had to work in a factory at a very young age. Not much later he started working as a journalist and he gained great success with his first novel the The Pickwick Papers at the age of 24.
I personally think that Dickens is a great author to use in class, not only for reading purposes, but also because the amount of class resources we can find on-line to work almost anything. And what a perfect opportunity to bring it into the classroom by celebrating his bicentenary!
From drama activities to work vocabulary, pronunciation and even creative writing and speaking, to games about the author’s life and literary work or Victorian society. Today, we want to recommend two of them:
- Oxford University Press: the publishing house has given free access to some of the class materials from their repositories. You’ll find games, a taste of their readers based on Dickens’ most famous novels, drama activities and more.
- British Council- Teaching English: on this site you will find a collection of really interesting lesson plans for younger and adult students based on the Victorian writer’s works.