Teaching with Roald Dahl

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 10 August 2016 > Webpicks

Roald Dahl's books are popular with young readers and adults alike. In this his centenary year, why not put some Dahl magic into your teaching?

Most pupils know at least some of his works, whether from books or the popular film adaptations. You can exploit this prior knowledge, drawing on their memories for all sorts of language tasks.

The site dedicated to Roald Dahl, his museum and story centre, and charity, is a mine of treasures for teaching with his books.

The site has lesson plans for all the children's stories. Why not start out with a class poll to see which are the most popular with your pupils, and work with those? Or surprise them with something new.

Another option is to use the Stories menu and find all sorts of little nuggets, including recorded extracts.

To work on Dahl's life, the Timeline conveniently provides two levels of reading – one sentence per entry or a longer text. So you can adapt for different levels of class or groups within a class.


You can find three graduated articles on Roald Dahl's life and work (A1+, A2 and B1) in the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. They are accompanied by interactive comprehension activities, audio versions, and suggestions for EPI projects. To see the articles, register now or log in. Then go to:  Articles > A1+, A2, B1 > Culture et création artistiques > "Marvellous Roald Dahl"

For more about the centenary, see our article.

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