Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

A Sea Change (Quick Reads) | ESOL Nexus

An excellent reading resource produced by the British Council.

What types of books do you like to read?  Do you like romantic stories? 

This is a resource based on a book called ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry.  It is classed as a 'quick read', that means it is a shorter story making it quicker to read. It is a romantic story about a girl who lives near the sea. 

If you are interested in learning more about the story, simply click on the title link above. Once there, you have the opportunity to read an extract from the book and enjoy some interactive exercises to test your reading comprehension skills.  

Here are a list of the exercises that you can do:

Task 1               Read the text

Task 2               Vocabulary Matching Exercise

Task 3               Comprehension

Task 4               Complete the Summary with Linking Words

Task 5               Listen and read



There are also good discussion ideas, giving you the opportunity to respond and practise your writing skills.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

A collection of films on amazing women from around the world.  Plenty to read, listen to and watch with an opportunity to write if you know of a heroine who has done amazing work in your community.  Simply, click on the blog title and go to

Honour these women's sacrifices and celebrate their achievements.

Friday, 8 March 2013



A lovely lesson from the British Council focusing and developing listening and writing skills. Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 28 November, 2011. 

The lesson gives B2 Intermediate students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary and describe paintings. Inclusive in the resource are some really good examples of vocabulary and phrases that allow students to develop language skills in the field of Art Appreciation and History.

Students can list and present their top five paintings as part of the exercises.


Sunday, 3 March 2013



A Short Story about a Wedding

This resource is a British Council resource and can be found in their BritLit section. It was submitted by the TE Editor on 19 January, 2012 and is a lovely story resource set in a Sri-Lankan setting.

  • The resource will help you develop new vocabulary, an awareness of when the modal verbs 'could' and 'would' are used and an understanding of how the past tense is used in narratives or stories. 
  • This fantastic resource pack gives you plenty of practise with reading and listening skills and there are fantastic recipes to work with after. You could even try them out yourselves. 

I love working with narrative resources.  Often good social issues arise from them; mainly from the setting in which they are placed (the issues maybe historical, cultural or geographically based). 

This resource is no exception; the main issue in the story is the question around 'arranged marriages'. 

Do you agree with 'arranged marriages'? 

You can express your opinion by speaking it to friends or family in English or writing a response to this blog. 

What type of a wedding do you dream of? 

Perhaps a simple one, a fairy tale one, a royal one, a religious/faith based one or a special/cultural one based on the traditions of your own community. Try to describe it in your own words.

Follow Up Work
  • What type of marriages are there in your culture? Do you have 'arranged marriages'?  How do you feel about them?  
  • What advice would you give to a confused person having to make the choice between a 'love marriage' or an 'arranged marriage'? 
  • Do you have any special recipes or food that you serve at weddings? Write out the recipe yourself of describe the food that is served in your own words.