I’m a teacher, not an artist. It is true, though, that drawings can play an important part in explaining a word or grammar point, or even just to add a bit of colour to the lesson. When I was in my last year at primary school, art lessons were part of the curriculum. They were just for an hour, once-a-week. To be honest, it’s too long ago for me to remember much . What I do know is that these lessons confirmed that my artistic talent was close to zero. What is more, I was unable to master the basic techniques. So here I am, decades later, trying to draw for my students. Here’s one I did yesterday on the interactive white board …


I wanted them to guess the word “piggy bank”; they came close enough with “savings pig”. Now if I had to draw the same thing on a canvas and offer to sell it to you, would you buy it? It’s ok, you can be honest. Besides, even from here I can see you shaking your head. And that word printed on your forehead? It reads WORTHLESS. You wouldn’t give me a euro, yen, real, peso (or whatever coin you use in your country) for it. If I signed it? Still nothing. But if there was Pablo Picasso’s mark on the canvas? Aha, your eyes are lighting up. In this case though, you probably don’t have the money to buy it because the piggy bang drawing is now PRICELESS! How quickly something which has no value – WORTHLESS – becomes too valuable – PRICELESS.

Take a look at this Mastercard card, which plays with the word PRICELESS.


Use it or you lose it … write in …

Have you ever seen anything PRICELESS (in real life, not on the internet or television), such as a work of art or a piece of jewellery? What was it and where? Were you impressed?

Have you ever bought something expensive but after some time you realized that it was WORTHLESS? Maybe it was a fake or the quality was very poor for the money you paid. What was it? Why were you disappointed?

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