Jane Austen's Persuasion

This unit is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion.
It provides basic information on the characters in the book and also provides students with opportunities to develop creative writing skills using Jane Austen’s texts as a prompt.

Level: Upper-intermediate / B2 onwards

Time: Approx. 60 min

Main aim(s):

  • To introduce students to the basic plot of Persuasion
  • To engage students with the text and encourage extensive reading

Subsidiary aim(s):

  • To help students to expand their vocabulary
  • To provide opportunities to develop the four skills, especially listening and writing
  • To give students the opportunity to develop some creative writing
  • To introduce/review combinations of verbs and prepositions


  • Student Worksheet
  • Access to the film A Reading from Persuasion (see below)
  • Dictionaries

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Submitted by RenéeL on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 08:34


Hi. The link to the Austen video does not work (Access to the film A Reading from Persuasion at http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/austen), it just sends one back to the UK Culture main menu.

Hi RenéeL, Thanks very much for letting us know about the problem with the video link. As you can see the video is now back. We hope you and your students enjoy the lesson! Best wishes, Cath TE Team

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