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The Pig

Roald Dahl is most famous for his children's stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFG, and James and the Giant Peach. Dahl also wrote adult fiction which examined through black humour the ironies of adult life. His poem, The Pig, is written not for children but for adults and needs to be read with a maturity of mind to appreciate its dark, cynical humour. This lyrical poem is written in rhyming couplets and is a narrative describing the realisation by a pig that his life is nothing more than a one-way trip to the slaughterhouse, as pigs have no value to man besides their capacity to provide meat.

There are 3 Activities in this course.


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Spelling

English has a simple grammar but a complex vocabulary and an almost insane spelling system which drives even native English speakers crazy. This course gives you the chance to test your ability to spell the 183 most difficult to spell English words in a series of short challenges giving you 10 of the words each time you take a challenge. Listen to me speak the words and then spell them if you can. The faster you spell each word accurately, the higher you will get on the leader boards below the lessons.

There are 18 Activities in this course.


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Popular Poetry

There are many poems that are recognised, if not known, by many people, and which have become cultural icons. Far from being dead or irrelevant, poetry still maintains the capacity to strike deep at the heart of what it means to be English. These poems are as English as cathedrals and castles, Maypoles and Morris dancers and should be read and enjoyed by all English speakers and by those who aspire to understand more of what it means to be English.

There are 13 Activities in this course.


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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are a class of verbs which combine with a preposition or adverb to act as a single verb which says more than the words themselves. The meaning of a phrasal verb is often very different to the meanings of the words that are in the phrasal verb and this makes them difficult for students of English to master. Native English speakers tend to use lots of phrasal verbs when speaking.

There are 11 Activities in this course.


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Phonetic Aesop

Aesop’s Fables have been retold numerous times and added to over the centuries, and many of the fables’ morals have become so well known that they have become part of the English language. The lessons in this course are based on a 1919 version of Aesop’s Fables chosen because the language is suitable for learners of English yet is rich and varied enough to cover all aspects of British English pronunciation when coupled with the British English phonetic transcripts. Translated into British English IPA transcripts, these phonetic Aesop lessons will help students improve their pronunciation and teachers of English as a second or foreign language who want to work on pronunciation in the classroom.

There are 5 Activities in this course.


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