This is the short story that I asked you to read at Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have the opportunity to do it this weekend. You can download it from the link below:
You can also download some the-way-up-to-heaven_activities. We’re going to comment and discuss your answers in class. But if if you can’t come, you can read the answers to the comprehension and vocabulary activities here: key_the-way-up-to-heaven_activities.
Here is a video based on the same story and it is part of a British TV series, Tales of the Unexpected, which ran between 1979 and 1988. Roald Dahl himself introduces the episode and tells the reader how he was inspired to write the story.
In 1995 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) decided to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day on 23th April since that date is the anniversary of the death of Cervantes, of William Shakespeare, and of several other writers. Every year numerous events are organized in a lot of countries all over the world to promote books and reading. In Catalonia, Spain, today is Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day) and people celebrate it exchanging books as well as roses, since it’s also the Day of the Rose.
Whenever I am at the school library, English students often ask me this question, ‘What reader shall I take and read?’ I often give them some quick ideas about what steps to take in order to choose well.
As you probably know, readers are written specifically for learners at a particular learning level and therefore they introduce grammar and vocabulary in a very targeted way. These books are graded according level and if the student chooses the right level, they can be read more easily , without the constant help of a dictionary.
Sometimes they have been adapted from ‘real’ books
but other readers have been written specially for learners of English.
Nowadays a lof of them also come with audio recording; that way students can learn pronunciation and improve their listening skills as well.
If you haven’t tried reading graded books yet, come to our school library and choose one to start with. But if you have already read one or more, you could tell us what books would you recommend.