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To emoji or not to emoji: How UK teachers are refreshing classical texts for the modern age

For many students, the mere mention of Shakespeare incites boredom and confusion. Whilst his plays are taught in almost every classroom in the country, his writing style and language can often be a source of frustration due to his use of complex words and ambiguous meanings.

However, teachers are now starting to bring modern ideas to the age-old scripts through the use of emojis. After analysing texts, students are asked to use emojis to summarise the feelings portrayed through the section – a process which teachers claim, “gives them a starting point that they understand”.

The concept supposedly helps pupils to link feelings and ideas to the texts, which leads to a higher understanding, and boosts engagement and learning for students. The idea of emojis in classrooms isn’t limited to hard-to-read classical texts, with Modern Foreign Languages teachers also using the technique to create easier translations for common words.

However, some teachers have rallied against the use of the pictures in lessons, claiming that the use of emojis is trivial and takes up time that teachers simply don’t have.

If you’ve tried or are thinking of trying to use emojis in a classroom setting, why not comment below with your ideas or thoughts?