Why so many English ghost stories?
Ghost stories are a quintessentially English form. It has been calculated that 98 per cent are written in English and that 70 per cent are composed by English writers.
A nation half in love with its history may embrace the evidence of spirits. A country so preoccupied with its past, and with the traditions of the past, cannot help but be haunted by time.
Ghosts can be seen as a bridge of light between the past and the present.
Peter Ackroyd 'This Spectred Isle'
Text & audio adaptation of classic English ghost story here. And graded & original versions of classic ghost stories (including Charles Dickens 'The Signalman) in The Christmas Carol Teaching Pack (below)
A Christmas Carol is a great story but a challenging text. These materials can help you introduce this Dickens' classic to your classroom.
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Elementary & intermediate versions of the story
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
Try this sample presentation: Meet Scrooge
Key features of retold versions
Text condensed to core story
Elementary & Intermediate versions (CEFR B1 & B2)
Increased use of line space, paragraph breaks etc.
Minor simplification of grammar & syntax
Shortened sentences & paragraphs
Focus on the narrative
Extensive learning materials: worksheets, teaching notes etc.