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A House in the Country

A House in the Country concerns a returnee, Ray, who has made enough money in London to rebuild a house in Colombo. He is helped by Siri, a young man from the country, and together they talk about building another house, in the country. This is set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's ongoing civil war. When tragedy comes a bit too close to home, everything changes.

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Ex Poser

Ex Poser is the second in a series of short stories selected for 13 and 14 year old learners of English. It is based on another authentic short story by popular Australian children's writer Paul Jennings, the first having proved so popular.

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Visiting Time

When journalist Emma Brockes went to get material for a story about a man whose son had been murdered, little did she realise that it would result in the publication of a stunning short story called 'Visiting Time'. It is a story about revenge and accounting for actions, and has a twist that is both factual and literary, when the murderer changes from 'it' to 'him'.

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Activities for using comic strips

Comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.

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Lexical Approach Classroom Activities

These activities are only available as a download because they are fairly long and provide full reading texts. They are related to the article - Lexical Approach 1 - - What does the lexical approach look like?

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Teaching poetry using DARTs

Directed activities related to texts (DARTs) are activities which get students to interact with texts. Their aim is to improve students' reading comprehension and to make them critical readers.

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WWW reading task - Holidays on the web

Simple search tasks are incredibly easy to set students using the web as a language-learning tool. They don't have to be particularly complicated, or even well researched, although this helps!

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Text quickies

Here are two text quickies that I like to use with my learners to prepare them for reading or to follow up on a text they have read.

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Newspaper reading activities

Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs.

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