Pink Bow Tie

      A fourteen year old finds himself in trouble with the school Principal – again. This time, however, he has a genuine excuse, but is he likely to be believed?

      This popular BritLit kit has been revised and reshaped from the 2005 original and contains new material.

      Average: 3.9 (163 votes)

      Journey to Jo'burg

      The background of the story is South Africa during the apartheid years. Two young children are travelling alone to Jo’burg to try to find their mother who is needed back in the family village.

      The background of the story is South Africa during the apartheid years. Two young children are travelling alone to Jo’burg to try to find their mother who is needed back in the family village.

      Average: 3.7 (60 votes)

      Whose Face Do You See?

      There are two voices in this story, set around a coma patient's bed in a hospital. One is perplexed and the other is full of concern.

      More counterpoint than dialogue, the two voices gradually find resolution and a meeting place. The resource kit made around Melvin Burgess’s story was revised in 2014.

      Average: 4 (58 votes)

      Fish Swimming

      This is a short teaching resource kit based on the Moniza Ali poem 'Fish Swimming'. 

      You can read about how two schools exploited this poem to create flash animation on this site here: www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/flashy-stuff

      Average: 3.7 (39 votes)

      Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

      Beryl Bainbridge's black comedy takes as its setting a noisy, argumentative working class family in Liverpool, getting ready to see a pantomime based on Peter Pan.

      The ever-youthful Peter Pan and Charlie - the father of the family, suffering from what appears to be indigestion - provide the basic ingredients for an unforgettable night out.

      Average: 3.9 (37 votes)

      Weekend

      'Weekend' is a short story by the author Fay Weldon, and published by Penguin in 'Modern British Short Stories'. It originally appeared in 'Cosmopolitan' magazine in 1978.  This version of the BritLit kit was significantly revised in 2009.

      About this BritLit Kit

      Average: 3.5 (110 votes)

      Hay Festival Segovia kits

      These three short kits were the result of a collaborative event in Segovia, Spain, between the organisers of the Hay Festival Segovia 2008 and the British Council, Spain. Teachers and teacher trainers from the Comunidades de Castilla León and Madrid were invited for a one day event which melded specialist BritLit workshops and events with public events featuring authors.

      The day concentrated on the work of two poets, Gillian Clarke and Owen Sheers and a writer of children’s stories, Michael Morpurgo.

      Average: 4.2 (29 votes)

      Loose Change

      The kit is based on the short story of the same name by author Andrea Levy. The story was first published in ‘The Independent on Sunday' and later in the anthology ‘Underwords - The Hidden City' published by Maia Press Limited.

      It concerns a woman, the narrator, seeking change for a ten pound note in the National Portrait Gallery in London who strikes up a reluctant conversation with a young woman whose plight gradually b

      Average: 3.8 (56 votes)

      Six types of task for TBL

      This is the second in a series of four articles which will explore how to integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook to maximise learning opportunities for your learners and to save teacher preparation time.

       

      Average: 4.1 (99 votes)

      Easter reading

      This is a simple reading task on the theme of Easter in the UK. It helps students learn about how this time is celebrated in the UK and reflect on special occasions in their own culture.

      Easter: Reading task 

      Ask the students to read the text and match the paragraph headings.

      Average: 3.1 (85 votes)
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