Part 1 of this story introduces us to one of the main protagonists, Della, who despite having little money, is desperate to buy her husband an extra-special Christmas present. In this lesson, the students will: briefly discuss the topic of gift-giving; listen to the introduction and familiarize themselves with the narrator’s voice and pace; listen to the first half of the story, focusing on the main events and information; listen carefully to a short extract and raise their awareness of pace and pausing; predict the events in the second half of the story and act out a scene between the two main characters.

The Gift of the Magi