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Second Best

This advanced-level story, by D H Lawrence, is set in the British countryside in the early 1900s. It is about a young woman who is looking for love after a disappointing affair. It is told in two parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Daniel Barber, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.

Second Best lesson plans

  • Second Best: Part 1

    Author: Daniel Barber

    Part 1 of this story introduces us to Frances, who is lazing in the summer heat chatting to her sister about matters of the heart when they catch sight of a small, helpless creature. In this lesson, the students will: talk about sibling personalities and birth order; categorize adjectives of personality; listen for gist and detail; listen for strong forms of auxiliary verbs in elided sentences; discuss the protagonist’s problem.

  • Second Best: Part 2

    Author: Daniel Barber Staff Room

    In Part 2, the final part of this story, the sisters walk through the countryside and come across Tom Smedley, an admirer of Frances. In this lesson, the students will: recap Part 1 of the story; listen for gist and detail; listen to the effect of short sentences on mood; interpret the story and try to clarify the enigmatic last sentence; visualize the story from a film-maker’s point of view.

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