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Paired Stories Supplementary Materials: Descriptive Directory



quick access directory for users who are already familiar with the materials


group one: materials directly connected to the paired stories themselves

- ANNOTATED VERSIONS
- VOCABULARY LISTS
- COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
- BEGINNERS' VERSIONS

• group two: materials connected to the topics of the paired stories

- SPEAKING AND WRITING ACTIVITIES
- READING EXERCISES
- LISTENING EXERCISES

• currently supplementary materials are available only for "Gambling Trouble" (Second Series, #1)








GROUP ONE

THE ANNOTATIONS

(1-1)Annotated stories Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

• These texts are identical with the paired stories except for : (1) superscript numbers referring to the Grammar and Meaning notes and (2) link-underlining of the associated word or phrase. Online users can click on the links to go directly to the appropriate place in the Grammar and Meaning Notes. For classroom use, print-outs of both the annotated version and the Grammar and Meaning Notes should be distributed


(1-2)Grammar and Meaning Notes: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

• The notes contain approximately thirty entries concerning important grammatical points and difficult words and phrases. The grammatical entries are supported by references to the Grammar Glossary and Complex Sentences. There are also some links to practice exercises and longer explanations of the grammar.
• The notes print out on five or six pages.



THE VOCABULARY LISTS

(1-3)Vocabulary List #1: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

- These lists contain all but the most basic single-word items. The words are organized into four categories according to their importance. For more information on the lists, go to: "about the vocabulary lists" . -
- These lists print out on one page.


(1-4)Vocabulary List #2: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

- These lists contain all but the most basic multi-word items. The entries are categorized grammatically and the categories are explained in the Grammar Glossary. For more information on these lists go to: "about the vocabulary lists"
- These lists print out on two pages.



QUESTIONS

(1-5)Multiple Choice Questions: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

- Sets of eight multiple-choice questions. An effort has been made to ensure that there is one and only one answer to each of the questions, and that the they cannot be answered correctly by someone who haas not read the text.
- The questions print out on two pages.
- Keys are provided



FOR BEGINNERS

(1-6) Beginners’ Versions: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

- These are shorter, simpler versions of the stories. They are less than six hundred words in length. They can be understood by native speakers at the Grade Four level of elementary school. They have not been tested on ESL students, but I believe that real beginners should be able to handle them after six months of ESL instruction or less.
- These stories print out on two pages.


(1-7)True-False Questions for Beginners-version Stories: Gabriela Byrne, Clint van Loggenberg

- Sets of eight true-false questions. An effort has been made to ensure that there is one and only one answer to each of the questions, and that the they cannot be answered correctly by someone who haas not read the text.
- The questions print out on one page.
- Keys are provided.





GROUP TWO:

(1) Speaking & Writing Activities


(2-1-1) Background on Gambling Addiction

Some facts and ideas about the prevalence and the effects of gambling addiction. The information is presented in note form. Difficult vocabulary is explained in a parallel column. The information could be used for informal group discussions or as a preparation for the conversation and writing activities described below.

(2-1-2) Discussion and Story-Telling Activities on Gambling Addiction

a) topics and outlined arguments for informal debates about whether or not gambling should be legal. (The topics could also be used in a writing assignment.)

b) instructions for a story-exchange activity about personal gambling experiences.

(2-1-3) Drama Activities on Gambling Addiction

‘Outlines’ for three two-part drama activities:
a) a psychiatrist interviews a gambling addict
b) a husband and wife argue about gambling
c) a gambling addict gets advice from a helpful friend
- prints out on two pages


(2-1-4) Writing Assignments on Gambling Addiction

- two writing assignments:
(a) a ‘personal story’ about the dangers of gambling
(b) a ‘persuasive essay’ about governments’ use of gambling for taxation purposes
- the assignments are accompanied by brief sets of 'rules' for writing
- there is also a request for samples of good student work for publication
- prints out on one page.




(Group 2-2) Supplementary Reading Exercises


(2-2-1) Cloze text: “Barry Greenstein

- a 1000-word text about a American man who got rich by playing poker
- the thirty-eight content words that have been removed are listed in a parallel column
- a key is provided
- prints out on two pages


(2-2-2) Vocabulary List: “Barry Greenstein

- this list contains the intermediate-level, one-word items that were not removed from the text and also the multi-word items, categorized in the usual way
- prints out on one page


(2-2-3) Sentence-ordering Exercise: “Conny Munro

- the fifteen sentences of a paragraph about a South African woman who stole money at work and spent it on gambling have been ‘jumbled’ and have to be put back in order
- a key is available
- prints out on one page



(Group 2-3) Listening Passages

- the listening passages have been tested on three operating systems, MacOS, 9.2 and The volume is unfortunately low, so earphones might be required in noisy environments. The sound files are mp3s and can be downloaded for classroom use or private study by anyone with an mp3 player. Please report any problems to “contact@flesl.net”


(2-3-1) Listening Passage: “Solomon Bell” (1 minute, 20 seconds)

- the story of an American policeman who became a gambling addict and eventually shot himself in a casino
- it is accompanied by a set of five true-false questions that prints out on one page
- a key is available


(2-3-2) Listening Passage: “Garnet Rhyno” (1 minute, 20 seconds))

- the story of Canadian man who become addicted to gambling on ‘video lottery terminals’ and eventually burns himself to death in his car
- it is accompanied by a set of five true-false questions that prints out on one page
- a key is available