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The Importance of Being Earnest

An audio serialization of the upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader, The Importance of Being Earnest, is told in eight chapters. Each chapter is accompanied by a comprehensive lesson plan written by Daniel Barber, including teacher’s notes, with suggestions for extension activities, plus student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. 

The Importance of Being Earnest lesson plans

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: An introduction

    Author: Daniel Barber Type: Article

    Oscar Wilde’s most popular play, which opened in 1895 to great success and has appeared regularly in theatres around the world ever since, has also been made into a film several times, most recently starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. Now Macmillan has made it accessible to learners of upper intermediate (B2) level with their Graded Reader, which comes with accompanying audio. Treat your students to a fun and enjoyable listening and learning experience with the latest from the ...

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 1

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    The audio and activities for the first part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all onestopenglish users. In Part 1, Algernon receives a surprise visit from his good friend Jack, who has decided to declare his love for Algernon’s cousin. Before Algernon can agree to their marriage, he has one or two questions to ask.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 2

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the second part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 2, Lady Bracknell and her daughter, Gwendolen, arrive. Jack will need Algernon’s help if he is going to propose to Gwendolen away from her mother.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 3

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the third part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 3, the two friends are deciding what to do in the evening when Gwendolen returns unexpectedly to make secret plans with Jack. However, Algernon is listening to every word …

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 4

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the fourth part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 4, we meet Cecily, Jack’s young ward, and her governess, Miss Prism, at Jack’s country house. Cecily receives an unexpected visitor whom she is very pleased to meet. Jack, however, is not so happy.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 5

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the fifth part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 5, Jack expresses his anger at Algernon’s arrival to the country house by telling him to leave. Algernon, in love with Cecily, wants to spend more time with her before he goes.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 6

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the sixth part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 6, the Worthing house receives another guest from London, this time Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen. Merriman the servant announces her arrival to Cecily. How will the women in our protagonists’ lives get on? Will they ’be calling each other sister’, as Jack has predicted?

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 7

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the seventh part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 7, disaster is averted as the women forgive their fiancés to be but then an unwelcome visitor threatens to ruin the romantic scene once more …

  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Part 8

    Author: Daniel Barber Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The audio and activities for the eighth part of this upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader are now available for all Staff Room members. In Part 8, a very strange coincidence has far-reaching consequences for our romantic couples. But will it end happily for them all?

  • Teaching materials: Putting on a play

    Author: Daniel Barber Type: Article

    Long-term project work can be extremely rewarding for your English class and a theatre production may be ideal. Daniel Barber shares some valuable tips on putting on a play with your class.

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