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ESL EFL Beginner Fiction. An Awkward Conversation. Grammar, vocab and lit.

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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13 pages
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An exclusive story for ESL Beginners -- combining grammar, literary analysis and vocabulary that works alongside the Oxford Picture Dictionary.

Wombat has eaten the bird's grandmother. Now wombat and the birds have to have an awkward conversation. The birds point out that wombat is a carnivore. Will that be enough to change his mind about eating birds?

About The Series

Beginner English language learners are crying out for stimulating texts to develop their reading and language skills. These texts are hard to find.

Each story and nonfiction article in the series uses vocabulary from one section of the Oxford Picture Dictionary. If you have access to the dictionary, the text pairs with it, enabling you to easily create a multiple day unit of vocabulary work and reading. If you do not have access to the dictionary the text and activities can stand alone. The series of texts introduces literary elements, reading skills, grammar and vocabulary.

This story

An Awkward Conversation is part of a collection of high interest material specifically designed by an experienced ESL teacher for ENL, ESL, EFL, ELL students. It is short (200 words), yet contains meaningful content and exciting activities that are sure to provoke discussion. It is designed to be used to easily teach ELA concepts.

The four-sided handout can be copied for your class. The image can be displayed on a screen, if you have one.

You get:

  • One fanciful story with original artwork.
  • Activity handouts including grammar and writing.
  • Two pages of ideas for teachers — what to do before reading, during reading and after reading.
  • Ideas for an extension project.
  • Two grids for retelling the story as a comic.
  • A portrait frame (to teach character) with text detail boxes.
  • A film strip graphic organizer for teaching setting.
  • A T-Chart for comparisons (the story's events vs. reality).
  • An answer key.

More great materials for your ELLs:

Be sure to check out my Halloween products for nonfiction, an original short story, plus the classic "The Monkey's Paw". They are all for beginner ESL students, and there is a great value bundle containing the whole lot of them. If you're looking for fun activities, nonfiction, a short story for Christmas ("The Little Match Girl") and the New Year, take a look at my Christmas and New Year materials. I also have a series of short stories that will engage your students at any time, while teaching grammar and vocab. Enjoy browsing, and have fun teaching!

Text Details

Oxford Picture Dictionary alignment = Everyday Conversation.

Grammar = Present continuous tense

ELA = Fiction, Conflict, Questioning.

Grades = 4+ (Know your students... Grandma gets eaten. This may not be for everyone!)

ENL Level = Beginner

Estimated length = From 60 minutes to multiple hours (depending on how many of the additional exercises and extension activities you use, such as the setting or character handouts.)

Answer key included

Please note: this product can be used alongside The Oxford Picture Dictionary, but is in no way associated with or endorsed by Oxford University Press.

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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