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Worksheets for crime
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Robbed in Russia - anecdote (272)
Cut up anecdote


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You be the judge (271)
Six crime cases. Student's take it in turns to read out their case. The group must decide on sentences for each case in turn. Can also be used to practice criticism, should have etc.


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Bank robbery story - passive voice (158)
News story cut-up with comprehension tasks and gap-fill.


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Robbery story II (159)
Full text of robbery story for analysis: Ss underline verbs, identify instances of passive voice and T elicits reasons for its use : unerstood / unimportant sujects.


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The president has been shot (160)
News story gap fill to practice the written forms of different tenses in the passive voice. Step-by-step instructions included.


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Bank robbery - alibis (82)
(1) Gapped bank robbery story. Students find missing information by asking partners. (2) Question formation: detective interviews suspect. This prepares students for alibis game.



Reading passages for crimePage top ↑
MysteryNet (373)
Website offering online mysteries to solve and short mystery stories



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Cyber crime (94)
26 March 2008 Presenter and guest talking about Internet crime. 6 minutes. MP3 download available. Difficult words glossary.


Prison restaurants (377)
Two presenters (British English) discuss language aspects of a news story about a restaurant that has opened in a prison. 6 minutes. MP3 download available. Difficult words glossary.


Sherlock Holmes in Simple English: A Scandal in Bohemia (481)
Story retold in modern English and simplified for students of English as a foreign / second language. Vocabulary based on the 2000 most common words in the British National Corpus.



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Speakout Advanced Podcast Unit 4 Justice (663)
People in the street answer questions about justice. Have they ever had reason to contact the police? Have they ever broken the law? What legal or social issues concern you the most? If you could introduce a law in your country or community what would it be?


Book references for crimePage top ↑

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover Inside Out Student's Book Advanced 
Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
Unit 3 City  Page 31   City life
Two people discuss the city they live in. Follow-up discussion on safety in students' home towns

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 6 News  Page 53 
Topic is not addressed directly - comes up in news stories - 'News in Brief'

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 
Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 3 Adventures and mishap  Pages 30 - 31  reading and speaking
Discussion about anti-social crime and reading about gentle policing methods in Denmark

Photocopiable resource books

Advanced Communication Games book cover Advanced Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
22 Elementary, my dear Watson  Page 22 
Students read clue cards and make deductions to solve a murder
2 Who killed Robbin Koch?  Page 2 
Complex murder solving role-play (16 role cards) in which participants need to ask each other questions to piece together events in the dead persons life.

Intermediate Communication Games book cover Intermediate Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
22 - It wasn't me, Officer  Page 22 
Role play with cards. Ss have to identify various suspects for thefts.

Speaking / listening skills books

Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate book cover Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate 
Jeremy Harmer   Carol Lethaby   
Listening 16 - Crime doesn't pay!  Pages 42 - 43
News-style reports of crimes that went wrong. (Humorous?). Some crime / court related vocab.

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