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Short Stories


If you have problems with getting your students interested and motivated - you might find these stories useful.
Most of them are packed with exercises you can use, so they could be a great help for a busy teacher.
They are divided into four categories: crime, funny, people and various, and their basic function is to encourage students to use the second language intuitively and actively, in contrast to passive soaking up of information.

Dumb crimes
Is it really a suicide?
The landlady (by Roald Dahl)
The man who sold the Eiffel Tower
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

A lawyer
A little supper joke
A problem with H
Can stupidity kill you?
Can you give me a push?
A cleaning lady
Excuse My Ignorance
Having a bad day
Holmes and Watson
I never eat anything for luncheon
I will eat it
I've shot them
Killing a bear with an umbrella
A priest and his assistant
Riddles and jokes
The awful fate of Melpomenus Jones
The CIA job
The maid
The talking mule
The water closet
Things are not always what they seem
Too stupid (to own a computer)
The washroom story and Einstein's chauffeur
What a sound!
Who wants to be a millionaire?

Albert Einstein
Allison Lapper
Charlie Chaplin
Hunter Patch Adams
People - facts
Steve Jobs
The left-handers

A five-pound note
A glimpse of our world
A letter (by Daniil Kharms)
The closet
Dish soap for dinner
Languages and English quiz
Love - What is meant by love?
Mouse found in PC
Strange news
Tales of the unexpected
Trivia about humanity
Washing hands
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