Lesson 23 – Small ads

Warm up

  1. What is this text and where is it from?
  2. Have you or anyone you know ever bought anything from a small ad? What was bought? Do you know why the person was selling the item?
  3. Read the circled ad. What the object is exactly? Who would wear it? When, where, and why?
  4. Why the person might be selling it. You have two or three minutes to talk about possible reasons with your neighbors.

Main Activity


  1. The article tells the true story behind the wedding dress. Read the first snippet only and talk about the question with your neighbors.
Small ads
The wedding dress
Ben, a struggling DJ with no money, proposed the night before Felicity flew home to Melbourne. They had been going out for two years. When he proposed, she thought marriage was exactly what she wanted.
Back in Melbourne, her grandmother insisted on paying for the dress.
Her mother knew a fashionable young dressmaker. Felicity sketched a design, and as the dressmaker gradually put it together, Felicity became carried along by it all. Now she wonders why she stayed away from London for so long.
She returned to London ready to marry. But things had changed.
For three months she told herself that everything would be OK. Then during another silly argument, Ben finally said it.
Felicity begged him not to leave her. So they stayed together until, a month later, she finally said, ‘Well, you’re actually right. It was a heartbreaking decision. Everyone back home knew she had left to get married. She felt she would disappoint all of them.
That is when she realized she had just become caught up in everything. Ben and Felicity are still friends. She is in another relationship now.
  1. Make groups of three or four.
  2. Read the other ads. Discuss the ads and think of the story behind the items and why you are being advertised. Try to think of unusual stories and make notes of your ideas for each ad.
  3. Who do you think will want the items?

Follow up

  • Each group chooses one of the ads.
  • Work together to write up your group story from the notes you made.
  • Exchange your group stories with another group.
  • Read each other’s stories and underline anything you think is incorrect English.
  • The groups that exchanged stories joined together and discussed the underlined possible mistakes.


Read the text and answer the questions!

Several decades ago, a team of archaeologists embarked on an expedition to a remote site believed to be a burial ground of an ancient civilization. As they carefully unearthed layers of sediment, the team uncovered a remarkable artifact—a well-preserved ancient tablet covered in intricate hieroglyphics. Scholars and linguists were called in to decipher the writings, revealing insights into the daily lives, religious practices, and governance of a civilization lost to time.

In the mid-20th century, during the height of the space race, a group of astronauts embarked on a historic mission to land on the moon. The journey was fraught with challenges, from the intense training to the complexities of space travel. Finally, in 1969, the world watched in awe as the spacecraft touched down on the lunar surface, marking a monumental achievement for humanity. This landmark event not only expanded our understanding of the cosmos but also united people around the globe in celebration of scientific accomplishment.

In the late 20th century, the world witnessed a transformative shift in communication technology with the advent of the internet. The once-dominant landline phones and snail mail were rapidly replaced by emails and instant messaging. The internet became a gateway to information, connecting people globally. This evolution revolutionized how individuals communicated, worked, and accessed information, shaping the way societies functioned and paving the way for the interconnected digital age we now inhabit.

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