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The following ESL resources are available for Biography:

 
 
 
Jerry Yang - co-founder of Yahoo! - gap fill
Short biography of Jerry Yang (c 300 words / 14 gaps) adapted from Wikipedia (November 2011). Gapped for verb tenses (past simple, past continuous) and other biography-related words.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 1 Past and present  Pages 6 - 7  past and present
Listening and speaking: life circles. Listening and speaking about 10 important dates, places, people etc. in your / someone's life.
 
 
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Straightforward Advanced Student's Book

Roy Norris   
 
1C Growing Up  Pages 10 - 11  Growing up on television
Longer piece on Granada Television's 7-up programme following the lives of 14 seven-year-olds from 1964 to the present.
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Games and Activities 1 book cover 

Grammar Games and Activities 1

Peter Watcyn-Jones   
 
35 - Life stories  Pages 95 - 96
Ss in pairs each have a short biography. They ask and answer questions to find 12 differences.
 
 

Speaking / listening skills books

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Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate

Jeremy Harmer   Carol Lethaby   
 
Listening 3 - What photographs remind us of  Pages 12 - 13
Four pictures (3 of them abroad), four speakers. Match picture with speaker. Vocabulary matching activity - disparate words and phrases.
 
Listening 13 - Diana's story  Pages 34 - 35
Interview with Diana Hayden (1997 Miss World).
 
Listening 18 - In an art museum  Pages 47 - 48
Soundtrack for self-guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Includes (1) short biography of Van Gogh and (2) descriptions of two exhibits - self portraits.
 
 

Grammar

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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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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