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2012: Charles Dickens

These pages celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of the great writers of the English language. You can watch the recorded Dickens event from London on 19 December http://dickenslive.modstreaming.com which features an audience with Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, Charles Dickens great-great-great granddaughter, and a workshop on taking Dickens into the English language classroom.

A Christmas Carol

In this lesson students read an extract from 'A Christmas Carol' and examine the characters in the text. They then discuss the theme of festivals as preparation for a writing task on the same topic.

A statue for Dickens

This lesson is for high intermediate level students and above, and involves reading an article about a proposed statue for Dickens in the UK, as well as related vocabulary work and a writing task.

A Tale of Two Cities

This lesson encourages learners to speculate about a passage from A Tale of Two Cities, and later use that speculation to generate their own writing.

Bleak House

This lesson encourages learners to think about their own stylistic choices, after reading an extract from Dickens' Bleak House.

David Copperfield and Miss Betsey

This lesson is for high intermediate level students and above. It involves reading an extract from Dickens' work for gist and then reading for detail. Students then focus on how adverbs are used in the text.

Dickens and London

This Heroes and Villains film explores the relationship between the writer and the city he lived in.

Dickens statue for Portsmouth?

This lesson enables learners to practise skills of reading for gist, reading for detail, and understanding meaning from context. They also practice writing a letter to the newspaper.

Dickens titles

This lesson is for low-intermediate students and above, and involves matching titles with descriptions of some of Dickens' works.

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