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grammar: narrative tenses
skills: urban myths
skills: stories
skills: stories

Worksheets for anecdotes
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Plane anecdote with narrative tenses (103)
Story ordering. 10 - 20 students There are 15 strips, which can be reduced to 10 by removing those marked *, or increased to 20 by splitting longer sentences. Students get one segment each. They then sit or stand in circle and have to arrange themselves in the correct order of the story


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Anecdotes topics (266)


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Anecdote prompts (522)
'Have you ever?' cards to prompt anecdotes.



Gap fill exercises for anecdotesPage top ↑
Past simple and continuous - anecdote - the Donkey Dog (372)
Short anecdote about a frightening experience gapped for past continuous and past simple plus 'enormous' and 'the biggest'



Audio for anecdotesPage top ↑
Embarrassment (691)
Vox pops: What is your most embarrassing moment?


Book references for anecdotesPage top ↑

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 4 Adrenalin  Page 38 
Prompts and notes on structure for Ss to plan and tell an anecdote

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 32 - 33  Telling a story from two points of view
Split listening: two versions of a minor incident
Module 3 Adventures and mishap  Pages 34 - 35  Verb forms in the narrative
Follow-up exercise and analysis of language in previous listening. Three short gapped stories with audio to check answers
Module 7 Big events  Pages 74 - 75  Describing a memorable event
Students first listen to four people describing memorable events and then prepare and describe one themselves

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 4 Challenge  Page 38   Listening and vocabulary
Listening passage about an encounter with a polar bear following on from the reading
Unit 4 Challenge  Page 39   Speaking: anecdote
Students tell anecdote about a time they did something challenging. [Question prompts]

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