Eli Readers is a beutifull illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English. In 1387, a group of people went to Canterbury. On their way, they told stories. The stories were exciting and interesting. They helped the group to enjoy their time travelling. But these stories do not only tell us about the past. They are stories that anybody can read and enjoy today. And they are stories that can teach us many things, about love, about friendship, and about life. In this reader you will find: information about Geoffrey Chaucer; a section focusing on background and context; a glossary of difficult words; comprehension activities; an exit test.
In Chaucer's classic, much-loved collection of tales a host of medieval characters come alive on the page - and they are as lively and colourful now as they were seven hundred years ago! In this retelling of five of the stories in modern English, Chaucer's pilgrims entertain us with tales of knights and ruffians, desperate lovers, resourceful women, talking animals… and more. Adopted by Robert Hill.
While Geoffrey Chaucer composed several magnificent works of poetry, his reputation as "the father of English literature" rests mainly on The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories told by assorted pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas ? Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. From the mirthful and bawdy to the profoundly moral, the tales, taken in their entirety, reflect not only the manners and mores of medieval England, but indeed, the full comic and tragic dimensions of the human condition. Considered the greatest collection of narrative poems in English literature, The Canterbury Tales was composed in the Middle English of Chaucer's day, possibly to be read aloud at the court of Richard II. However, their grandeur, humor, and relevance are timeless, as readers of this authoritative edition will discover.
The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters - including Chaucer himself ~ are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even more remarkable. But Chaucer's genius needs no historical introduction; it bursts forth from every page of The Canterbury Tales.
During his life, Geoffrey Chaucer (born c.1340) was courtier, diplomat, revenue collector, administrator, negotiator, overseer of building projects, landowner and knight of the shire. He was servant, retainer, husband, friend and father, but is now mainly known as a poet and 'the father of English literature', a position to which he was raised by other writers in the generation after his death. It was Boccaccio's Decameron which inspired Chaucer, in the 1390s, to begin work on The Canterbury Tales, which was still unfinished at his death in October 1400. It tells the story of a group of 30 pilgrims who meet at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames opposite the city of London, and travel together to visit the then famous shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral. The tavern host, who accompanies them, suggests that they amuse one another along the way by telling stories, with the best storyteller awarded a meal in the tavern (paid for by all the others) on their return. The stories told by the pilgrims range from bawdy comedies through saints' lives and moral tracts to courtly romances, always delivered with a generous helping of Chaucer's own sly wit and ironic humor. Although basing his characters on the stereotypes of 'estates satire', Chaucer succeeds in his aim of producing an overview of his times and their culture, for posterity, in the manner of Italian, proto-Renaissance, writers. This transcription and edition is taken from British Library MS Harley 7334, produced within ten years of Chaucer's death. The on-page notes and glosses aim to enable readers with little or no previous experience of medieva.
In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook.
Eli Readers is a beutifull illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English. In this reader you will find: Information about Mark Twain’s life; А section focusing on Schools in Tom Sawyer’s Day; CLIL Geography: The Mississippi River; Glossary of difficult words; Comprehension and extension activities; Key (KET) activities in British English; Final test. Meet Tom Sawyer, a boy with a good heart who’s always in trouble with everyone: at home, in school and in church. With his best friends, Joe, Ben and Huckleberry, Tom lives an exciting outdoor life. But he begins to grow up when pretty Becky Thatcher comes to town, and when something terrible happens in this quiet town near the Mississippi. Adaptation and activities by J. Borsbey and R. Swan.
This reader includes seven of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, whose plots and language have been simplified, as done by Charles and Mary Lamb in their Tales from Shakespeare. This edition includes seven of Shakespeare’s plays: As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They tell stories of love, romance, ambition, jealousy and death, to name but a few of Shakespeare’s favourite themes and introduce us to some of his most famous characters. In this reader you will find: An introduction to drama and Shakespeare; Focus on sections: Charles and Mary Lamb. The Elizabethan Age CLIL History; Glossary of difficult words; Comprehension and extension activities,including First (FCE) activities. Illustrated by Alicia Baladan.
Eli Readers is a beutifull illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English. The unmissable story of four sisters whose father is fighting in the American Civil War. Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are the four March sisters, all very different, but always there for each other. With their father away in the American Civil War, they all have to work hard to help their mother. But there's time for fun and games too with their friend, Laurie. Plays, a personal post-office, secret societies and even a bit of romance all help to fill their days while they grow up, hoping always for their father's return. In this reader you will find: information about Louisa May Alcott; CLIL History: The American Civil Wor; A section focusing on Little Women at the cinema, theater, and on TV; a glossary of difficult words; comprehension activities; an exit test.
Eli Readers is a beutifull illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English. In this reader you will find: Focus on...; Comprehension activities; Glossary of difificult words; Test yourself. Oliver Twist is a poor orphan boy. He hasn’t got a mum or dad and he lives in a terrible place called the workhouse. One day, he makes the master of the workhouse very angry and his life changes forever... What will happen next to Oliver? Where will he go? Will he find a nice family to live with or will Fagin and his gang of thieves make Oliver stay with them? Read this exciting tale of life in 19th century England and find out!
Eli Readers is a beautifully illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English. In this reader you will find: Focus on...; Difficult words; Comprehension activities; Test yourself; CLIL activity. After Jim Hawkins finds a map in an old sea chest, he starts an exciting adventure which will take him to a far off island in search of treasure. He sets sail with his friends, but they do not realise that many of the crew are pirates and their leader is the cook, Long John Silver. The pirates are determined to find the treasure first at all costs! Enjoy reading about the adventures of Jim and his friends at sea and discover who finds the buried treasure.
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