Hello students. I’m proud of you for completing years 1 and 2 of our American English course. In order for you to become a strong intermediate American English learner, you need to be able to read, understand, and discuss abridged American English short stories. In this lesson, throughout Year 3 of your studies, you will read, listen to, and write about popular American English short stories. Please follow the directions below closely.
- Study the American English vocabulary below.
Words in This Story
case – n. a situation that is being investigated or managed by someone (such as a police officer or social worker) in an official way
robbery – n. the crime of stealing money or property
embarrass – v. to make someone feel confused, foolish or ashamed in front of other people
puff – v. to breathe smoke from a cigarette, pipe, etc., in and out of the lungs
sigh – v. to take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, relieved, etc.
check – n. a piece of paper that is used to make a payment to someone using the money in a bank account
checkbook – n. a book containing checks for use with a checking account
franc – n. a basic unit of money that is used in some countries where French is spoken
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
Take quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/the-purloined-letter-edgar-allan-poe/2748871/p1.html?isEmbedded=True
- Write a summary of the short story you just read and listened to in the comments section below. Click here to read an article that teaches you how to summarize a story. Remember to let us know who the characters of the story are, what they do, and what the story is about.