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Owl Hall: Episode 1: Arrival

Level: Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan Audio material Print material

In the first episode of this brand-new spooky serialization we meet Kara, her brother, Martin, and their mum, Janet, who are all travelling to the mysterious Owl Hall. You can download the mp3 file for Episode 1, plus a lesson plan (with student worksheets, full transcript and answer keys) written by Lindsay Clandfield.

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Owl Hall is more than just an audio series. It’s a multi-media, multi-channel experience. In addition to the audio serialization here on onestopenglish, there is also an Owl Hall website and an Owl Hall Reader.

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Readers' comments (14)

  • Hi there katyab10,

    What a lovely comment to receive on a Friday afternoon, thank you! Have you tried our series called 'A Time to Travel'? You might like this one too for your teens.

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  • I have been using this in nearly all my private lessons, with enormous success. It works just as well with adults as with kids; everyone loves the story, and the wonderful twist in the tail. The difference in the comprehension levels between episode 1 and episode 10 is remarkable, although 11/1, 11/2 and 12 are much harder. It has served to give a much-needed confidence boost to some, to improve vocabulary and turns of phrase.
    We listen once, discuss how much they have understood, then listen again. Then we look at the transcript, reading it through and translating to ensure comprehension, then listen a third time, usually without the text. They all find this exercise very rewarding, and are excited by the improvement they experience.
    It is very cleverly done, and I really can't thank you enough! More of the same, please.

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  • Excellent! A beautiful resource...!
    I'm using this as my 'summer special' and my 'one-to-one' students love it (13 to 50 years old / mixed levels) ... I'm so inspired by it that I'm trying out different ways to use this material.
    I'm currently preparing my lessons plans for the next 8 weeks and will include grammar structures as well...
    Thank you so much!

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  • Dear Manu,
    The PDF appears fine to us. Have you tried closing the file and reopening it? If this doesn't work, you may need to either update your Adobe Reader software or uninstall and reinstall it.
    Please contact us via the 'Contact us' link at the bottom of the page if the above suggestions don't work and a member of our technical team will help you.
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    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hello, this sounds like another great resource but even though I am registered on the website, all I can see is a big black owl all over the printables. What am I doing wrong?
    Looking forward to use it with my students.

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  • Thank you for this resource. I've just finished teaching this to a group of German adult learners (ages from 42 to 76!) and they absolutely loved the story.
    I taught the audio serialization in conjunction with the website and the Owl Hall reader and this really worked a treat as it combines a number of skills. Despite their 'advanced' age, my students really got into the story and were surprised by its end, sparking lots of discussion.
    It'd be fantastic to have more resources like this for pre-intermediate to intermediate level students. Well done, onestopenglish!

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  • I've just finished another of you Macmillan readers with the teenaged twins I teach and I asked them what sort of thing they'd like to do next. They don't usually agree on anything but they both said straight away that they'd like another story like Owl Hall. As, like most teenagers, enthusiasm isn't their greatest quality, this was a huge compliment!

    What they especially liked was that it's like an audio play rather than a book being read, and that it's about characters of their own age. They also really liked the ghostly theme and the surprise twist. It encouraged lots of discussion.

    Please can we have some more like this!

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  • I also would like to know the frequency of these episodes. I used the 'Secret Garden' towards the end of the summer academic term and unfortunately the episodes ran over the summer break.
    Thank you

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  • Sorry but I can't find the underlined expresions for writing part of Episode 1. Shell I as a teacher underline them?

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  • I 've just heard the episode!! It's great, I'm sure I'll use it in most of my classes!!!!
    I can't wait to listen to episode 2!!!!!

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