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A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

An excellent reading resource produced by the British Council.


What types of books do you like to read?  Do you like romantic stories? 


This is a resource based on a book called ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry.  It is classed as a ‘quick read’, that means it is a shorter story making it quicker to read. It is a romantic story about a girl who lives near the sea. 



If you are interested in learning more about the story, simply click on the title link above. Once there, you have the opportunity to read an extract from the book and enjoy some interactive exercises to test your reading comprehension skills.  

Here are a list of the exercises that you can do:

Task 1               Read the text

Task 2               Vocabulary Matching Exercise

Task 3               Comprehension

Task 4               Complete the Summary with Linking Words

Task 5               Listen and read

Transcript 

Answers


There are also good discussion ideas, giving you the opportunity to respond and practise your writing skills.

Elementary Podcast Episode 9 – British Council

TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.



If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started.  As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability.  If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge.  Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.

Go to: 

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts/series-01-episode-09

Find the audio link (MP3) right click and save it so you can listen to it whenever is convenient for you. The podcast comes with a support pack and transcript which is 22 pages long.  Use this link:
Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • Talking about plans for the weekend.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Matt Groening, creator of the TV show and film ‘The Simpsons’.
  • Vocabulary quiz – topics e.g. things that you play, things that you make.
  • Bridgit Keenan in India talks about Bollywood  films (have lots of singing and dancing in them).  They are very predictable and lively with happy endings. 
  • What would be your favourite holiday?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela preparing a special meal for her friends.  She prepares ‘guasacaca’.

  • Telling/retelling a joke
Here is a summary of the main language points of the podcast. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
  1. The verbs ‘make’ and ‘do’. Make is used when preparing a food dish.
  2. What is a gap year?
  3. What do you call them?  Try to describe what you want to say? (clove of garlic, plantains)
  4. ‘Make yourselves at home’  phrase to make people feel comfortable.
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.




My Daughter, The Fox

My Daughter, The Fox

Submitted to Learn English, British Council by RachelRo
Suitable for Upper Intermediate/Advanced Students


How Does Your Culture Present Foxes in Stories?


A resource is based on a short story by Jackie Kay about a woman who gives birth to a baby that is a fox.  A beautiful little story with many wonderful activities to do with it. A great literary resource!

  • Listen to an audio file and read the story from a PDF file simultaneously.
  • Pre-reading activities include identifying who the pronouns (personal and possessive) in a piece of text are referring to and differentiating expressions that apply to young animals and babies.
  • Whilst reading there are question prompts to help you predict and anticipate the next part of the text.
  • After reading there are opportunities to:
  • summarise the story by reordering sentences, 
  • find evidence to support inferences from the text, 
  • compose your own sentences using designated vocabulary , 
  • match nouns and adjectives to form noun phrases, 
  • insert prepositions into a gap fill text, 
  • develop verbs and prepositions into phrasal verbs, 
  • Opportunities for creative writing and project work including reflecting on ‘special children’. 
  • Further language work on animal metaphors, animal sounds and using idioms and idiomatic phrases. 
  • Finally, dictionary work explores the names for male and female animals and their connotations in terms of human behaviour (personification). 

TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.



If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started.  As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability.  If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge.  Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.

Go to: 

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/elementary-podcasts/series-01-episode-08

Find the audio link (MP3) right click and save it so you can listen to it whenever is convenient for you. The podcast comes with a support pack and transcript which is 22 pages long.  Use this link:
Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • Talking about moving flats.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? David Attenborough, a famous UK wildlife, nature and natural world programme presenter.
  • Vocabulary quiz – time vocabulary and conversions. For example – 7 d’s in a w = 7 days in a week
  • Prague (capital city of the Czech Republic) and eating ‘carp’ at Christmas.
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela with friends in a pub in Newcastle
  • Telling/retelling a joke
Here is a summary of the main language points of the podcast. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
  1. Prepositions (‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’) and time phrases.
  2. Vocabulary around having a drink in a pub.
  3. Using the phrase ‘I bet’ to mean ‘I’m sure’
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.




This Week In History

This Week In History

A resource from EnglishClub.com with a vocabulary activity (Wordchecker), an article to read, a video to watch and then a quiz to complete testing your understanding of the task.


17 October 1961

Protesting Algerians Shot Dead In Paris

French police kill up to 400 people marching in support of Algeria’s independence.



British Council Elementary Podcast Episode 6

TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills.



If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started.  As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability.  If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge.  Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.

Go to: 

Find the audio link (MP3) right click and save it so you can listen to it whenever is convenient for you. The podcast comes with a support pack and transcript which is 22 pages long.  Use this link:
Download and do the exercises.

Main Contents of Podcast This Week

  • Telling a story – ‘being late’.
  • What famous person would you like to meet and why? Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter
  • Vocabulary quiz – words beginning with (single consonant sounds)
  • Kazakhstan – a comparison of ‘old’ and ‘new’.  Astana (capital city) versus traditional mountain scenery.  ‘Berkutchy’ – a traditional eagle keeper or modern occupations.
  • Expressing an opinion – how ‘green’ are you?
  • Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela when she is at university deciding what societies and clubs to join.
  • Telling/retelling a joke
Here is a summary of the main language points of the podcast. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
  1. Use of the word ‘like’ as a verb, preposition and informal conversation filler.
  2. Informal language and phrases.
  3. Giving information to others.  For example: phone numbers, addresses.
  4. Use of the phrase ‘as well’
I will follow up with work that is related through the week.  This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.

The Cat That Walked By Himself

The Cat That Walked By Himself


Which pet do you prefer? A cat or a dog.

A lovely poem by Rudyard Kipling which rhymes, has rhythm and a theme already introduced in the podcast comparing cats and dogs. 

Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary, read and listen to the poem and test your understanding of what you have read through the comprehension activities.