Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900)
A larger than life poet, playwright and author, Oscar Wilde was quite a celebrity during his lifetime. He became famous for his involvement in the philosophy of aestheticism and is best remembered for his plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his witty epigrams, still as relevant today as they were in the 1890s.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
An artist paints a picture of the young and handsome Dorian Gray. When he sees it, Dorian makes a wish that changes his life. As he grows older, his face stays young and handsome. But the picture changes. Why can’t Dorian show it to anybody? What is its terrible secret?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a so-called ‘Jazz Age’ novelist and short-story writer who is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. His most famous and respected novel, The Great Gatsby, is one of the most penetrating descriptions of American life in the 1920s, and was inspired by events in the author's personal life. Read more...
The Great Gatsby
During one hot summer on Long Island, Jay Gatsby throws an amazing party every weekend. He is an extremely wealthy man, although no one knows where he or his money have come from. But Gatsby has a purpose: he is following a dream of love. Will his dream come true?
Charles Dickens is the most popular English writer of the Victorian age and author of, among others, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Click below for a lesson plan with a range of actvities that you could use in class with the beloved classic of the season, A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens is best known as the author of A Christmas Carol. The novella set on Christmas Eve, spreads the message of love and generosity by showing the transformation of Scrooge, an elderly miser, when he realises that love and friendship are much more important than amassing a fortune.
- ￼A Christmas Carol - Penguin Reader Factsheet
Download the Free Factsheet with the author's bio, the main themes of the book as well as a range of activities to use in class to help practise new vocabulary and grammar, increase comprehension and develop all four skills.
- ￼Dickens Warmer
Learners read several small sentences around the room and try to identify the figure of British culture that is being described.