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Anecdotes

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skills:
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The following ESL resources are available for Anecdotes:

 
 
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Plane anecdote with narrative tenses
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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Anecdote prompts
'Have you ever?' cards to prompt anecdotes.
 
 

 

 
 
 
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
 
 
Embarrassment (691)
Vox pops: What is your most embarrassing moment?
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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]
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)