GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|6. How to tell a good story?


1.1 Image pairing.

1.2 Look at the flashcards and write the correct words/phrases.

1.3 Find the words from the grid.


1.1 Read this story and fill in the gaps with the words or phrases below.


1.2 Answer these questions:

1. When did everybody start to think of the celebration?
2. What were some families thinking of?
3. Who was Mick? How old was he?
4. What idea came to Jack?
5. Why did Jack want his son to spend the celebration with his family?
6. What did Jack offer to his son about the party?
7. Was Mick happy about his father’s offer?

2.1 Using your memory, fill in the gaps with then/when /because:

We normally use time sequencers when we want to say when something happened and in what order these actions happened.
We can use When to join two actions:

– I was doing my homework when she came home.
When I was looking for my glasses my father left the room.

In both cases we use When to join two verbs.

One of the best ways to link actions that happen one after another is by using such words and phrases as Then, after, that. But we cannot say After only. For example: “I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning. Then/after that I went to the kitchen”. So we cannot say: “After I went to the kitchen”.

3.1 Continue the sentences with your own ideas:


! Interesting fact

About 75-85% of words with two syllables are stressed on the 1st syllable, mostly nouns and adjectives. For example: Daughter, mother, happy, funny.
But at the same time there are many verbs and connectors that are stressed on the last syllable. For example: Away, apart, arrive.

1.1 Choose and mark the stressed syllable in the words:

Example: 1. coming

1.2 Words pairing. Drag the words with stress on the 1-st and 2-nd syllable.

Example: parent —-> quiet (both words have stress on the 1-st syllable).



1.1 Connect the words from the first box with the phrases from the second box to make sentences.

1.2 Connect the words from the first box with the phrases from the second box.

1.3 Look at the flashcards and write the right phrases from previous task.

Speaking and Listening

1.1 If it’s necessary, read the story “The New Year’s Holiday” once again.

The New Year’s Party was coming soon and everybody started to prepare for the celebration. People wanted to have a wonderful time. Actually, a lot of people even started thinking of presents pretty long before the 1st of January. Families were looking for the gifts they wanted to give to one another and thought of places where they would celebrate the party. Some of them would like to take their friends or partners to a restaurant or coffee bar and leave the place very late, some of them would like to stay at home within a family. People called to one another dealing their phone numbers or sent messages via e-mail. So did the Felsen family.
Jack Felsen wanted to make the celebration truly special that time. He was a family man, had a beautiful wife Jane, a young daughter Megan and a 20-year-old son Mick, who had a girlfriend he liked very much. One day Jane and Jack were thinking of organizing the event, and suddenly a great idea came to Jack. He told his wife that he would be glad to invite his parents and his wife’s parents to the New Year’s holiday as well. Jane didn’t mind because she would be also glad to see her parents. When they came home they called their parents on the phone and invited them. Two hours later the children came home and they found out the news about their parents’ decision. They were happy to know that their grandparents would come, but Mick, who had a girlfriend, wanted to spend that night with her only.
Two days later he said this to his parents and they weren’t really glad, because, as they said, this was a family party and it was important to be with the family. That is why they asked Mick to invite his girlfriend to the party. But they really wanted to stay alone. Finally, for everybody to be happy, the father offered him a good solution: “You can stay at home until 00:30 a.m. with us and then I’ll take you to your girlfriend, but we’ll be in a hurry because I would love to come home as soon as possible”. Mick was really happy about it and thanked his father.
So the New Year’s Holiday was coming…

1.2 Retell the story. Try to use words that link actions (when, then, suddenly…) and phrases from the previous exercise.

1.3 What do you think is going to happen in the end? Will the ending be happy or sad?

1.4 Listen to the second part of the story.


The New Year’s Holiday

So the New Year’s Holiday was coming. It was 9 p.m. when grandparents knocked on the door and Jack opened it.
⦁ Hello, my son! How are you doing? – the grandfather asked.
⦁ Oh, I’m so glad to see you, dad! Everything’s just great! – Jack replied.
⦁ Hi, sweetheart! Long time no see! – said Jack’s mother.
⦁ Oh yeah, but today we’ll be together! We are a family and it’s a true family celebration, isn’t it? – said Jack.
⦁ Sure! – both grandfather and grandmother answered.
So they went to the dining table in the living room, where everybody was sitting and waiting for them. Jane, Megan and Mick were all happy to see the rest of the family. But at that moment Mick was also thinking of something else – he wanted to see his girlfriend. So the night was wonderful, they were speaking to one another and everything was just great.
It was a quarter to midnight. When Jane was bringing the chicken from the kitchen and putting it on the table the phone suddenly rang. Mick knew it was his girlfriend so he picked up the phone immediately:
⦁ Hello! – said Mick.
⦁ Hey, darling, it’s me. I just want to say that I miss you and I’m looking forward to our meeting, — his girlfriend said.
⦁ Yeah, so do I! See you at 1 a.m. at your house.
⦁ See you!
Jack, the father who wanted the family party to be special that day, forgot about his promise and drank some champagne. When he remembered it, it was too late by then. Mick was very sad because it was 00:30 at that moment and his girlfriend lived too far from his home to walk to her. So Jack told him that he would pick Mick up anyway. Mick agreed. They went out of home and got in the car. The father drove a bit faster than usually because he wanted to come back home as soon as possible. It was snowing heavily so that it was hard to drive. And when he was driving his phone rang. When he was trying to pick up the phone, somebody appeared on the road.

1.5 Answer these questions:

1. When did the grandparents knock on the door?
2. What is the meaning of the phrase “Long time no see!”?
3. Where were Jane, Megan and Mick when the grandparents knocked on the door?
4. Why was Mick sad at home?
5. What did dad forget during the celebration?
6. What happened, when Jack was driving a car?

2.1 Listen to the ending of the story and check your ideas.

The end

The car accident was inevitable. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries but Jack understood what a big mistake he’d made. He was a bit drunk; he was trying to pick up the phone and knocked down a pedestrian. They had to wait for the police. And Mick managed to meet his girlfriend the next day only.

2.2 Discuss the following questions:

1. Why did the accident happen?
2. Whose fault do you think it is?
3. What is your opinion about the ending of the story?




1.1 Fill in the correct words or phrases in the text.

1.2 This is the end of the text. Fill the gaps with the given words: Then, finally, later, immediately.


1.3 Connect words from the first box with phrases from the second box.


1.4 Which syllable is stressed: the 1st or the 2nd one?

1.5 Listen and check your answers.

Later; Again; Hotel; English; Final; Because; Second; Twenty; Winter; Evening
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  • Warm-up
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Homework
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