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The High Master and Little Billy Clough

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The High Master and Little Billy Clough is a humorous short story written by John Waddington-Feather (born 1933), a British author who belongs to the West Yorkshire 'school' of writers.

Set in North Yorkshire, the story not only tells about a twelve-year old boy placed in a ‘select’ school to iron out his accent, but also provides a great opportunity to explore the role of accents in British society.

Level: Intermediate

Age: 14+

Pre-reading activities are aimed at activating language necessary for understanding the story as well as raising cultural awareness.

While-reading activities are focused on developing reading for detail.

After-reading activities develop speaking skills with the use of vocabulary from the text. The extra activity suggests organizing a debate: ‘Global versus local’.

This ‘kit’ was designed by Russian teachers and methodologists under the guidance of Alan Pulverness, Assistant Academic Director, Norwich Institute for Language Education, UK.

The kit below includes activities for you to print and copy, the complete text, and teachers' notes.