Number one for English language teachers

Full Circle

This advanced-level story is about two writers who were once friends. Their lives have taken very different directions since they left university. One has become a successful novelist; the other is poor and out of work. An advertisement in the paper brings the two together in a new relationship, one that brings to light quite a few uncomfortable truths about the two men.The story is told in eight parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Ceri Jones, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.

  • Full Circle: Part 1

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    In this lesson, students will set up the cultural and historical background to the story and write a short text describing an early-morning routine.

  • Full Circle: Part 2

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall the first part of the story; write a character profile of the main character; discuss memories of old friends; listen for gist; act out a conversation between the two main characters.

  • Full Circle: Part 3

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall Part 2 of the story; discuss the two main characters’ states of mind; look at language for describing physical appearance; listen for gist; listen for attitude; practise using appropriate attitude markers; act out the scene between the two men.

  • Full Circle: Part 4

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall information about the main characters; listen for gist; read extracts in detail and look at referencing within the dialogue; discuss Betton’s attitude to his fan letters; practise using appropriate sentence stress; raise awareness of weak forms in speech; write a fan letter to Betton and also two responses.

  • Full Circle: Part 5

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall the main events in Part 4; listen for gist; write a short summary of a conversation; convert reported speech into dialogue; listen for key information; infer information from the text; practise the use of emphatic sentence stress.

  • Full Circle: Part 6

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall the main events in Part 5; listen for key information; practise reading aloud with attitude; listen for gist; infer information from the text; role play a conversation between Betton and Vyse.

  • Full Circle: Part 7

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall the end of Part 6 and their predictions for this part; listen for gist and attitude; act out a short conversation; listen for key information; predict the end of the instalment; discuss the significance of a key event; study the relationship between punctuation and pronunciation; write a short first-person account of the final scene.

  • Full Circle: Part 8

    Author: Ceri Jones Level: Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall the end of Part 7 and make predictions for the end of the story; listen for attitude and key information; predict the contents and nature of a conversation between the main characters; listen for key information; produce a short summary of the entire story; review the pronunciation points studied so far in the series and read aloud a short extract from the story.

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