Intermediate English Students

One morning an elephant was driven not far off where six visually impaired men stood. The first put his hand on the elephant’s side. “Indeed, well!” he stated, “presently I thoroughly understand this beast…”

There are numerous forms of this exemplary tale, yet this one by the well known American essayist James Baldwin is both the briefest and the least complex. English students all things considered and ability levels can value it — and furthermore practice their listening aptitudes with this sound chronicle from LibriVox.

A Very Short Story by Ernest Hemingway

636 words • Intermediate (B1)

She was heartbroken, and she realized he would most likely not have the option to see, yet may sometime excuse her. She cherished him as usual, yet she understood now it was just a kid and young lady love…

In view of his genuine encounters during the First World War, this straightforward story offers a sample of the ‘succinct’ composing style of Ernest Hemingway (seemingly the most persuasive essayist of the twentieth century). While the lesson of this story may resound with grown-up perusers, it’s not all that intriguing (or proper) for youngsters.

Young lady by Jamaica Kincaid

687 words • Intermediate (B1)

This is the means by which you clear a corner; this is the manner by which you clear an entire house; this is the manner by which you grin to somebody you don’t care for something over the top; this is the manner by which you grin to somebody you don’t care for by any stretch of the imagination…

The Man in the Brown Coat by Sherwood Anderson

994 words • Intermediate (B1)

Easily overlooked details are becoming huge in my brain. The window before my work area makes a little encircled spot like an image. Consistently I sit gazing. I wait with an odd vibe of something looming…

The Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury

1,434 words • Intermediate (B1)

“I generally figured I would be scared to death, however I’m definitely not. You don’t get too energized when you feel things are coherent. This is consistent. Nothing else except for this could have occurred from the way we’ve lived…”

Sticks by George Saunders

392 words • Intermediate (B2)

On the Fourth of July the post was Uncle Sam, on Veteran’s Day an officer, on Halloween a phantom. The first occasion when I brought a date over she stated, What’s with your father and that shaft? what’s more, I stayed there squinting…

There Was Once by Margaret Atwood

613 words • Intermediate (B2)

“There was at one time a helpless young lady, as wonderful as she was acceptable—”

“Stop in that spot. Poor is relative. What’s more, I figure we can cut the ‘lovely’, isn’t that right? Wouldn’t you be able to make her, well, more normal?”

Contrast and ‘Young lady’ and Bradbury’s story.

A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf

679 words • Intermediate (B2)

Meandering through the house, opening the windows, murmuring not to wake us, the spooky couple look for their delight. “Here we dozed,” she says. Furthermore, he includes, “Kisses without number.” The entryways go closing far out yonder, delicately thumping like the beat of a heart…

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry

873 words • Intermediate (B2)

In one mentor there sat a really young lady wearing rich taste and encompassed by the sumptuous solaces of an accomplished explorer. Among the newcomers were two youngsters, bound together…

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