Desperate English Teachers use Emojis to teach William Shakespeare

To emoji or not to emoji? Desperate teachers in English schools are resorting to emojis to teach the works of William Shakespeare.
Teachers are resorting to using emojis to teach the works of William Shakespeare - much to the horror of other educators

A college in England has admitted to teaching the works of William Shakespeare using emojis in an effort to engage students.

First reported by The Sun, Charlotte Hodgson, an English teacher working in Avonbourne College said that everyone in the department used emojis to teach.

She went on to say: “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.” 

Do emojis belong in schools?

Mrs Hodgson went on to say how effective the popular symbols were in helping children understand, particularly at the ages of 11 and 12.

But the news hasn’t gone down smoothly with some education figures. Claire Healy, a headteacher at St Matthias School in Tower Hamlets, said: “As educators, we have not a single minute to waste teaching trivia, such as emojis.”

Referring to the gap between state and private education, she further commented: “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?”

Recent Emoji Studies

The controversy follows recent news that certain age groups believe emojis to be harmful for the English language. A study about emojis impact on the English language asked over 2000 adults what they thought was the current state of English, with 90% believing that language use was declining.

This also follows a 126% increase in English language tutorials on video streaming site Youtube.

Since their invention, emojis have become one of the most popular communication tools with over 6 billion emojis used every day.
Aaron Braund 25 Jun 2018

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