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Life in the trenches

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This lesson is about daily life in the trenches during the First World War. It provides students with the opportunity to listen to authentic recordings of two First World War soldiers describing life in the trenches, and to read a diary extract describing a typical day in the trenches. 

The podcast can be accessed from; the extract used is from -11.16 to -10.02.


A French wiring party in a section of trench in the Argonne © IWM (Q 53490) 

Topic: Daily life in the trenches

Level: B2

Time: 70 minutes 

  • To develop students’ ability to listen for detail
  • To develop students’ ability to read for gist and detail
  • To give practice of verb patterns
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