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The following ESL resources are available for Stories:

 
 
 
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'
 
 

 

Related material from other sources

 
 
 
Eslreading.org external link icon
Site with small number of good, short (6 - 10 page) simplified versions of classic stories, mostly for reading online, some for download
 
 

 

 
 
 
American Stories for English Learners external link icon
Fifty-seven 15-minute mp3 files with text, read at medium-slow speed.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
 
Module 14 Money, money, money  Page 128 
Tell a story from pictures, listen to story, find differences between listening and pictures
 
 
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
 
 

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 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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Download Advanced (PDF)