This advanced-level story is about two writers who were once friends. Their lives have taken very different directions since they left university. One has become a successful novelist; the other is poor and out of work. An advertisement in the paper brings the two together in a new relationship, one that brings to light quite a few uncomfortable truths about the two men.The story is told in eight parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Ceri Jones, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. 

In this lesson plan by Ceri Jones, the students will: recall information about the main characters; listen for gist; read extracts in detail and look at referencing within the dialogue; discuss Betton’s attitude to his fan letters; practise using appropriate sentence stress; raise awareness of weak forms in speech; write a fan letter to Betton and also two responses.


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