The Hand that Feeds Me

      'The Hand that Feeds Me' is a story by the American born writer Michael Z. Lewin, who lives in Bath in England. The narrator has a different view of the city from most people. This kit was written by a group of teachers from Italy, Spain and Portugal who attended the NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) course in Norwich in August 2008.

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      Average: 4.3 (71 votes)

      The human body

      The human body is a wide-ranging, interesting topic which can be used to teach not only language skills, but also has cross-curricular links which can be exploited in class.

      On the LearnEnglish Kids website you can find a variety of materials relating to the human body, covering basic vocabulary teaching, monsters and skeletons, illnesses and amazing facts about the hu

      Average: 3.5 (253 votes)

      The Wolf's Tale

      The traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood receives a curious twist in this offering by Louise Cooper. The kit has been produced by teachers from Italy, Spain and Portugal and is suitable for a range of abilities and ages.

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      Average: 4 (73 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)

      The Landlady

      The Landlady is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was first published in ‘The New Yorker' magazine in 1959, and has since appeared in many anthologies of Dahl's stories, the first of which was ‘Kiss, Kiss' (published by Michael Joseph). The story is used here by kind permission of Penguin Books.

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      Average: 4 (616 votes)


      On the LearnEnglish Kids website you will find materials for practising numbers with all levels of young learners. Activities range from simple matching and spelling exercises to stories and worksheets to practise really big numbers.

      The topic also includes lots of fun games including a mind-reading number game, a song to practise forming numbers and lots of maths activities.

      Average: 3.6 (130 votes)

      Techniques for priming and recycling

      A four stage methodology for reading
      In Reading for Information, and Form focus and recycling, I have proposed a four stage methodology for teaching reading:


      Average: 3.9 (33 votes)

      Francesca Beard: Chinese Whispers

      This project is something out of the ordinary for BritLit as it supports a major piece of performance poetry. The materials here have been designed to support a series of workshops and performances of ‘Chinese Whispers' by Francesca Beard, one of the UK's leading performance poets.

      Classroom materials

      Average: 4.3 (32 votes)
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