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New: Christmas Carol Teaching Materials

A Christmas Carol is a great story but a challenging text. These materials help make it more accessible, without compromising the core elements of the Dickens original.

Who are these resources aimed at?

Anyone studying the Dickens original but particularly English language learners and/or reluctant readers. They are also ideal for groups studying A Christmas Carol for GCSE or similar. 

What is in the teaching pack?

The teaching pack contains three versions of the story - the original and retellings at elementary and intermediate levels. There are also audio readings & commentaries, worksheets & extensive teaching notes.

Free extras include a teaching pack for another great Dickens ghost story, The Signalman.

Are there sample materials?

Here is an audio reading of the opening at intermediate

You can also use the audio-script to focus on reading & vocabulary in this worksheetMarley Was Dead

What if the intermediate version is still too difficult for my students?

The elementary version focuses directly on the main story. It opens with the meeting between Scrooge and Fred on Christmas Eve.

Stave 1.1 Humbug! (elementary)

Learners can then move on to this extended version of the same scene.


Thank you.  I am so glad that I found this version.  I teach ESL students and wanted to cover the story, but knew that the original would be too difficult for them. * * * * Kathy, Texas

These are such great resources! * * * * Penny, University of Warwick

A Christmas Carol Teaching Pack (B1/B2/C1)
3.99 7.99

A Christmas Carol is a great story but a challenging text for inexperienced readers. 

These  dyslexia -friendly digital resources are aimed at English language learners and/or reluctant readers. They make the Dickens original more accessible without compromising its core elements.  

Contents  include

  • Elementary & intermediate versions of the story 
  • Character notes
  • Selection of useful quotations
  • Short audio readings of key passages
  • Reading, writing & listening worksheets
  • Background contextual materials
  • Teaching notes & links to video & other useful resources
  • Free updates of materials 
  • Bonus materials include two other classic Dickens ghost stories: The Signalman & the Lawyer & the Ghost 

Try these samples1. Humbug (elementary version) * 1. Marley Was Dead  (intermediate)

Key features of simplified versions

  • Text condensed to core story
  • Elementary & Intermediate versions
  • Increased use of line space, paragraph breaks etc.
  • Minor simplification of grammar & syntax
  • Vocabulary streamlined
  • Shortened sentences & paragraphs
  • Focus on the narrative
  • Extensive learning materials: worksheets, teaching notes etc

Direct quotations remain in the original form - can be used in essays etc.

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