Number one for English language teachers


Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

This entertaining skills lesson by Paul Ashe introduces the framework of a limerick and provides students with practice in writing their own limericks.

Target age: Teenagers and above
Time needed: 40 minutes
Materials: One copy of the worksheet per student

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Readers' comments (9)

  • Hi there,

    Thanks for feeding into this discussion.

    We're right in the middle of weighing up whether we should be removing the limericks lesson plans or not. There may be other teachers who have been using them and so we have to consider these teachers, as well as the possibility of updating them.

    In the meantime, we have updated the lesson plan with new limericks. We hope this helps.

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  • I do not understand why you have not removed this lesson after all the valid comments that have been made. The "Limericks" are just embarrassing - my children can do better. It is way below your standard and no teacher in their right mind will ever use this resource.

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  • Dear Angie,

    We're sorry that you feel disappointed with this resource and, in response to your feedback, we have now updated some of the limericks in this lesson plan.

    Onestopenglish has a full publishing plan with new resources being published on a weekly and monthly basis. Currently, each week we publish new Guardian news lessons, graded for different language levels, and a new edition of Your English. Our monthly publishing includes new resources for Business and General English and over the last few years we have published several new Readers, as well as other series such as Beyond, A Time to Travel and Fun with Grammar. Our most recently published articles and lesson plans can always be found on the homepage under ‘Latest resources’.

    If you have any problems finding resources on the site, you can use our advanced search in the top right-hand corner of any page, or contact and a member of our team will be happy to help.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • There was so much hype about how much material this site had for teachers but this is such a disappointment! From the dates, it is not being used much since 2012, what a waste of money! Please return my hard earned money, please!

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  • Have to admit I agree with all of the above.I was looking forward to
    some interesting lesson material but this is way below the standard
    I have come to expect on this site. The author just doesn't seem to have a clue about what ingredients are necessary to make up a good limerick so the excercise seems pointless.

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  • Sorry but the sample limerick would be an unhelpful resource for teaching the rhythm as it doesn't scan without unreasonable force and forces stress on the wrong words

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  • Absolutely dreadful Limericks. The lines do not scan and the rhymes are forced. Take them away and drown them in the Shannon!

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  • There once was a teacher named Ashe
    Who thought he might write to make cash
    But his Limericks were bad
    So he drove people mad
    As his words ended up in a mash.

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  • These are hardly Limericks at all - wrong rhythm, poor rhymes and far from funny. Try harder!

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