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Escape the Classroom


by Fiona Wall Minami

With illustrations by Michi Mathias
B5; 112pp

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British Council ELTon Awards 2021

ELTons Recognition: We are delighted to announce that Escape the Classroom was selected as a finalist in the prestigious ELTon awards for 2021, in the category of Innovation in Learner Resources.

Discover the secrets of Enigma… break out of a prison cell… make contact with aliens… rescue a trapped prince…solve the mystery of the dead chemist… read the fortune teller’s hidden message… escape from a desert island… 

Feel the excitement of an escape room and discover the benefits of flow in this ground-breaking textbook. Being completely absorbed in an activity improves performance, creativity, and mental well-being, and the challenging activities in this communication course book aim to transform students’ English learning experience.  

While immersed in mysterious worlds, solving puzzles and breaking codes, students are strengthening their English communication abilities and developing skills vital to the real world:
  • problem-solving
  • observation
  • concentration
  • keeping calm under pressure
  • teamwork
  • creativity
  • lateral thinking
  • decision making

Are you ready for your first mission? Assemble your team and prepare to…


Read the review in EL Gazette! (opens in the EL Gazette website)

About the Author & Illustrator

Fiona Wall Minami is the author of several books, including In The Driver’s Seat. She combines writing with running her language school, Britz, and teaching at Kumamoto University. Her interest in escape rooms has taken her to a school for wizards in Korea, an underground war bunker in Austria, and an Aztec gold mine in the north of England.

Michi Mathias enjoys using illustration to make complicated things clear and creating observational comics to convey random aspects of real life. After a distant past of trying to draw "properly," her work has now veered toward a somewhat wonky style, using old-fashioned ink and watercolour on paper.

A full Teacher's Guide containing solutions to the puzzles is available on request.


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