This Lesson is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Northanger Abbey as well as to introduce students to Austen’s ironic treatment of character and themes. Students have the opportunity to read dialogues in the novel and to do some language work on adjectives using the text extracts. 

Level: Intermediate / B1 onwards

Time: Approx. 60 minutes

Main aim(s):

  • To introduce students to the plot and characters in Northanger Abbey
  • To engage students with the text and encourage extensive reading

Subsidiary aim(s):

  • To help students to expand their vocabulary
  • To help students to identify irony in the text
  • To provide opportunities to develop the four skills
  • To work on superlatives


  • Student Worksheet
  • Dictionaries
  • Optional: Print off copies of the article on Northanger Abbey by James Clarke




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