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Lesson 3 - Poor Cat!

Lesson 3 - Poor Cat!

The Story

As a student I ate my meals at a seaside boarding-house. The landlady was a good cook and, as her husband was a fisherman, we always ate fish for dinner. Eventually I got tired of it, and took to slipping it under the sofa, where the family cat would find and devour it.
This worked very successfully until one day the landlady tiptoed up behind me and said, "Young man it's high time I told you that our cat was run over by a lorry three weeks ago."

Vocabulary Practice

Mark the best choice.
  1. A 'boarding-house' is a ...........
    1. building which is near the sea
    2. kind of very expensive hotel
    3. house giving room(s) and food
    4. kind of school with a pool
  2. A 'landlady' is a woman who ........
    1. is old and weak
    2. keeps a boarding-house
    3. has a lot of money
    4. only looks after her family
  3. 'Eventually' means .....
    1. naturally
    2. in the end
    3. meanwhile
    4. happily
  4. To 'take to' here means to....
    1. carry something to somewhere
    2. ask someone to do something
    3. begin to do something as a habit
    4. go away to some place to hide
  5. To 'devour' here means to .....
    1. look at something angrily
    2. play with something
    3. throw something away
    4. eat something hungrily
  6. To 'tiptoe' means to ......
    1. walk quietly on the toes
    2. say something softly
    3. hit something by foot
    4. run towards something
  7. To 'run over' means to.....
    1. hit something while running
    2. drive over something
    3. take something away
    4. steal something from a place

Questions for Discussion

  1. What point is funny in the story?
  2. What would you do if you were the student?
  3. What can probably be found under the sofa now?

Activities

  1. Now ask your student to tell  the story in his/her own words.
  2. Pronounce the following words several times:
    1. Eventually
    2. Devour
    3. Sofa
    4. Tiptoe
    5. Lorry

A Saying

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one

Source: http://ontue.com/?mid=english_material&cate=bbs&action=read&id=english_material&pidx=1392928&dg=137&page=1
Category: My articles | Added by: Fiona (2009-08-03)
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