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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 and check out the website.

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Owl Hall is more than just an audio series. In addition to the audio serialization here on onestopenglish, there is also an Owl Hall Reader and an Owl Hall website.

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Readers' comments (18)

  • Hi Mandy,

    If you look at the previous exercise (at the bottom of p.1 of the worksheet), you'll see that the student underlines words (or phrases) that helped them decide whether the speaker was certain or uncertain. So this next exercise asks the student to use those underlined words.

    That said, if you want to see in advance of the lesson what the underlined words are, the Answer key (the last page of the PDF) will show you the suggested answers.

    Hope that helps, and hope the lesson goes well!

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  • Hello there. Am just printing out and preparing this resource to use with a teenager.
    However on page 2 of the worksheet is says "Now use the underlined words and expressions to make other sentences about the story"
    I cannot see any underlined words and expressions. What are they please.
    Sorry, but I have just lost the question mark key on my computer!

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  • Hi Walter,

    Unfortunately the lessons are not currently tablet compatible. There are updates being made to the site, however, and new content is being commissioned regularly (including video content to come in the new year) so keep an eye out for that.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • I wonder if these episodes can be downloaded in tablets for the lessons.

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  • 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.
    Best wishes,
    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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