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Anecdotes

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The following ESL resources are available for Anecdotes:

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

 

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Plane anecdote with narrative tenses
Story ordering activity about an incident on a flight with follow-up gap-fill task. Uses past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses.
 
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Past simple and continuous - anecdote - the Donkey Dog
Short anecdote about a frightening experience, gapped for past continuous and past simple plus 'enormous' and 'the biggest'
 
 

 

 
 
 
Embarrassment
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
 
 
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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]
 
 

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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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)
 
 

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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Download Dress code (PDF)
 
 

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 on the Trump family, charting the creation of the Trump fortune.
Pre-reading section on well-known business leaders. (PDF version)
Lead-in on the Trump family. (PDF version)
Jigsaw reading for groups of three on Donald Trump, his father and grandfather.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download A Tale of Three Trumps (PDF)
 
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Download A Tale of Three Trumps (Advanced) (PDF)