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Socialising 3: Social networking

Why is it that when you go to a conference or business gathering, everyone else seems to know each other already? At least part of the answer to the puzzle seems to be social networking: getting to know business contacts online first, so that by the time you meet face to face for the first time, you already have plenty to talk about. For many people, social networking is seen as something to do instead of work. This lesson emphasises that social networking is real work. The lesson introduces useful language and techniques, building up to a large social networking simulation at the end.

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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot is the story of a boy from a coal mining family who decides to be a ballet dancer. His decision causes, perhaps predictably, a great deal of family controversy. The novel by Melvin Burgess is based on the film of the same name.

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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.

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Coming Home

This BritLit kit is the first of an experimental kind in which video, audio and text are all used to create the full narrative; in fact, all three media need to be used for the story to be told.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ullswater

'Ullswater' is based on the short story by Romesh Gunesekera. It is about the relationship between two very different brothers and how various factors have caused them to grow apart.

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Lucky

'Lucky' is a kit based on the short story by Jane Rogers, and is the first in a series of BritLit projects in collaboration with Comma Press. Unlike previous kits, 'Lucky' uses the spoken rather than the written word as its primary source, and the story is read by the author on an mp3 audio file.

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The Copy

This kit is based on a story by Paul Jennings, the third of his stories subjected to the BritLit treatment. Like most of Jennings' tales it centres on a hapless school student who, in this case, tries to find an ingenious way to shake off the bully who has been tormenting him and, at the same time, keep his girlfriend.

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