On Textbooks | 教科書

I went shopping in Cambridge, MA this weekend for teaching materials for the Language Lab. This is challenging: Teaching high school kids, you don’t want anything that will come off as condescending or boring, but you also don’t want to overwhelm anyone.

So Blex Bolex’s book, Seasons, was perfect. It’s beautiful, with a typeface that would make Wes Anderson jealous and a solid hardcover binding. The pages are breathtaking and the content is basically strict vocabulary, i.e., “Plum” and there’s a picture of a plum. But it’s cool to look at, even for a native English speaker.

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