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The following ESL resources are available for Crime:

 
 
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Bank robbery - alibis
Split bank robbery story with gaps (pair work) leading to alibis game (whole class). (7 sheets including instructions sheet and answers.)
 
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Bank robbery story - passive voice
News story with three tasks: ordering, retelling the story from prompts and grammar gap-fill. (4 sheets)
 
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Robbed on a bus - anecdote
Cut up anecdote about being robbed on a bus.
 
 

 

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Robbery story II
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
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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You be the judge
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.
 
 

 

Related material from other sources

 
 
 
MysteryNet external link icon
Website offering online mysteries to solve and short mystery stories
 
 

 

 
 
 
Cyber crime external link icon
26 March 2008 Presenter and guest talking about Internet crime. 6 minutes. MP3 download available. Difficult words glossary.
 
 

 

Prison restaurants external link icon
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 external link icon
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.
 
 

 

 
Video
 
 
Speakout Advanced Podcast Unit 4 Justice external link icon
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?
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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
 
 
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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

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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 

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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Download Intermediate (PDF)
 
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