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Edutainment: How to Teach Language With Fun & Games Paperback – December 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0958649209 ISBN-10: 0958649200 Edition: 3rd Bk&CD

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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Language Direct; 3rd Bk&CD edition (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958649200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958649209
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Neil R. Healy on March 27, 2001
The Edutainment book is OK, but not what I would consider worthy of 5 stars. Although some of the ideas are helpful, over half the book is made up of one-use examples, instead of ideas. Yes, it's nice to include the song lyrics, but in their form, they can only be used in one way. And the pages and pages of crossword puzzle examples take up a lot of space that could have been used much more productively.
Overall, although there are good ideas included in this book, there really aren't enough to justify its price. Do yourself a favour: grab your Beatles CDs, get on the internet, find a Beatles lyrics site, and print them out. Then, you can blank out what ever grammar point you want - verbs, prepositions, etc. Then, go to puzzlemaker.com, where you can make any kind of crossword puzzle you want for free, AND you can make your own clues for them. Buy this book if it's on the company dime; otherwise, save your money for something that includes more versatile ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on January 24, 2005
Edutainment is a book developed for use primarily with junior and senior high school students in Japan. As the title suggests, it contains conversation - based games and activities aimed at educating and entertaining the learner at the same time. Edutainment contains 18 photocopiable language - based games and activities plus 17 music close activities.

The author says that the book was developed over 5 years of teaching junior high school and college students. Though it has been put together with these levels in mind, clearly many of these activities can be modified to suit other levels. All of the activities and games have straightforward instructions and are easy to set up. In addition, many of the activities can be used in conjunction with certain grammar points.

Looking at the list of games of activities in the table of contents, one may note that some of them are old favorites, while others sound only vaguely familiar. After using Edutainment with high school and junior college students, it can be said that all the activities do work very well. Used as a resource, Edutainment provides ready-made fun activities which are sure to spice up any lesson.

Since using this book I am much more popular with my students.

Reviewed by Ron Hearne

Komae High School
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2002
I was sorely disappointed by this book. It's an *overpriced* compilation of common games and activities well known those who have a couple of years of teaching experience. If you're new to the teaching field, it could be helpful. If you've been in the classroom for a while, don't waste your money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
I arrived in Hong Kong ten months ago to teach ESL and found the text EXTREMLY helpful. Actually, I used the text last year while I was finishing up my MA in TESOL back in the United States. One of my professors recommended we use the text in our demo classes with students studying ESL.
The reason for the popularity of the text is one often never knows the actual level of the students. The games/listening exercises are easily adaptable to all levels and for this reason I can understand the popularity behind this book.
I highly recommend it for anyone who is contemplating teaching ESL abroad.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
I arrived in Hong Kong ten months ago to teach ESL and found the text EXTREMLY helpful. Actually, I used the text last year while I was finishing up my MA in TESOL back in the United States. One of my professors recommended we use the text in our demo classes with students who were studying ESL. The reason for the popularity of the text is one often never knows the actual level of the students. The games/listening exercises are easily adaptable to all levels and for this reason I can understand the popularity behind this book.
I highly recommend it for anyone who is contemplating teaching ESL abroad.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
I did not find anything special or new in this book. Most of the lesson ideas have been around for a long time. The songs are okay, but most students will prefer somthing more up to date. This book is okay for a teacher who is just starting out and has no materials but will be a waste of time for anyone with some experience or common sense.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1997
Review from JALT, The Language Teacher.
Edutainment: How to Teach Language With Fun and Games. I.E.Hewitt. Language
Direct, 1996, Pp.96. 3,400 yen (tape incl,). ISBN 0-9586492-00

Edutainment is a book developed for use primarily with junior and senior high school students in
Japan. As the title suggests, it contains conversation - based games and activities aimed at educating
and entertaining the learner at the same time. Edutainment contains 18 photocopiable language -
based games and activities plus 17 music close activities.

The author says that the book was developed over 5 years of teaching junior high school and college
students. Though it has been put together with these levels in mind, clearly many of these activities can
be modified to suit other levels. All of the activities and games have straightforward instructions and are
easy to set up. Some are adapted from Japanese popular culture (i.e. Magical Zuno Power and
Sazae-san from T.V.), and their familiarity seems to validate the tasks. In addition, many of the activities
can be used in conjunction with certain grammar points.

Looking at the list of games of activities in the table of contents, one may note that some of them are old
favorites, while others sound only vaguely familiar. After using Edutainment for 4 months with high
school and junior college students, it can be said that all the activities do work. Used as a
supplementary resource, Edutainment provides ready-made activities which are sure to spice up any
lesson.

Reviewed by Ron Hearne

Komae High School
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