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grammar: narrative tenses
skills: growing up
skills: age
skills: schooldays

Gap fill exercises for biographyPage top ↑
Jerry Yang - co-founder of Yahoo! - gap fill (499)
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.


Book references for biographyPage top ↑

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.

Straightforward Advanced Student's Book book cover 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

Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate book cover 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.

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