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The following ESL resources are available for Ability:

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Ability - anecdote - on the mountain
Short story gapeed for ability phrases : can / was able to / managed to etc


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Ability - anecdote - the love boat
Story with gaps - could / was able to / managed to etc


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Ability - business letter
short business letter / email gapped for ability expressions


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Ability - reference sheet
Notes on use of can and could for ability in past, present and future



Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover 

Elementary Grammar Games

Jill Hadfield   
32 - can and can't  Page 32 
Picture cards. Grouping task. Ss must arrange themselves into teams of particular types (sports, music etc,) according to the abilities each S is given on a picture card.
Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
41 - 42 Modal verbs - could / be able to / managed to  Pages 41 - 42
Could, was able to and managed to for ability in the past.
35 Modal verbs - won't be able to / can't  Page 35 
Can't vs won't be able to
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games

Jill Hadfield   
19 - Sales reps  Page 19 
2 groups: reps and buyers. Buyers think of everyday problems; reps have cards with pics of (Heath-Robinson-ish) machines they must sell. ('You will be able to...')

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
20 Can you do it?  Page 20 
'Can' and 'could' for ability in the present and the past. (Mostly present)
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack

Sue Kay   
27 Challenges  Page 27 
Teams must try out challenges and tick off statements (Student) can / can't (do challenge). Challenges include saying the alhpabet in 15 seconds and other language-related tasks


Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
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Download Advanced (PDF)