ESOL Sc/E3.4c Give an account/narrate events in the past

Sc/E3.4: express clearly statements of fact and give short explanations, accounts and descriptions
Sc/E3.4c: give an account/narrate events in the past

  • Use a range of verb forms, suitable for the level, together with appropriate time markers E.g. Give personal information in narrative form, i.e. a life story, an incident that happened to the learner: I was born in... and I went to live in... when I was eight years old.
  • Use some subordinate clauses, especially clauses of time, and relative clauses with who, which, where. E.g. A few days ago, the man who lives next door to me decided to go to London. While he was waiting, a woman fainted. He tried to help her, but...
  • Develop an understanding of the way a narrative is normally structured, with introduction, development and conclusion, and indicate the sequence of events when narrating. E.g. Tell a known simple story, such as a traditional story from learner's own culture: One day Nasreddin was in his house, when.... He said he felt hungry.
  • Develop understanding of the way that intonation can rise to indicate that a narrative continues, and fall to indicate that it is complete, understand that intonation can start high when a new topic is introduced, and begin to apply this.
  • Use a range of lexis and some collocations accurately.
  • Use varying intonation in a spoken account or narrative to create interest and keep the listener's attention.

An activity to introduce the past simple form by reading about Christmas. Read about Christmas in the present and past tense then identify regular and irregular and past simple verbs. Introduces students to past tense and also familiarises them with British Christmas traditions.

Editor's note

Wonderful! I love the simplicity yet usefulness of this resource.

Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
General ESOL
ESOL Sc/E3.4a Express clearly statements of fact 
ESOL Sc/E3.4c Give an account/narrate events in the past
ESOL Rs/E1.1a Read and recognise simple sentence structures:
ESOL Reading (R)
ESOL Rt/E1.1a Follow a short narrative on a familiar topic or experience
ESOL Rt/E2.1a Use a range of strategies to trace & understand main events
ESOL Rt/E2.2a Understand & identify the different purposes of short, straightforward texts
Faith & Religion
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

Various activities to practise travel and transport themes and ideas. Read about a journey to college, answer comprehension questions and exam style questions,  form questions, use adverbs of frequency and conjunctions, along with speaking, listening  and writing practice - all on the subject of a journey to college. 

Editor's notes

Engaging and relevant! Written for E3 ESOL but the reading text and several of the exercises (for example: conjunctions) also provide useful and relevant practice for E2-L1 Functional Skills English. 

Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
FE E3.9 Identify, understand & extract main points & ideas in/from texts
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect clauses
FS English E2.20 Use adjectives and simple linking words
FE E3.21 Use compound sentences & paragraphs where appropriate
FE E3.1 Identify & extract relevant information & detail in straightforward explanations
FE E3.3 Communicate information & opinions clearly on a range of topics
ESOL Rt/E3.7a Scan different parts of texts to locate information
ESOL Rw/E3.3a Use a dictionary to find the meaning of unfamiliar words
ESOL Rt/E3.4a Extract the main points and ideas, and predict words from context.
ESOL Wt/E3.3a Show sequence through the use of discourse markers and conjunctions
ESOL Wt/E3.1a Recognise the process of planning and drafting
ESOL Ws/E3.2a Use basic sentence grammar accurately
ESOL Lr/E3.2a Listen for detail in narratives & explanations
ESOL Sc/E3.4c Give an account/narrate events in the past
Motor vehicles & Transport
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism
Education and teaching