Listen&Learn: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Jaksyn Peacock
A classic story about the magical world called Narnia.
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Pre-listening vocabulary

  • wardrobe: a closet where a person can hang their clothes
  • throne: the position that a king or queen holds
  • ruler: the person in charge of a place
  • defeat: to beat someone in battle
  • crown: to give someone the position of king or queen

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy children’s novel written by British C. S. Lewis. The story is about four young who walk into a wardrobe and accidentally discover a magical world. This world is called Narnia, and it is under the rule of an witch. She has taken the throne from the rightful ruler, a named Aslan. The children have to help the citizens of Narnia defeat the witch. At the end of the story, Aslan crowns the siblings rulers of Narnia, and they grow up in the magical world. When they travel back home, they find that they are still children, and that no time has passed at all. After publishing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950, Lewis published six more books about the land of Narnia. The still has many fans today.

Comprehension questions

1. The siblings discover Narnia after

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The siblings discover Narnia after they walk into the wardrobe.

2. The rightful ruler of Narnia was

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The rightful ruler of Narnia was the lion.

3. When the siblings return home, they realize that

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When the siblings return home, they realize that no time has passed.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Fantasy elements, like witches, kings, queens, and magical worlds, are very common in children’s novels. Why do you think children enjoy fantasy so much? Why is it less common in books for adults?

Transcript

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy children’s novel written by British author C. S. Lewis. The story is about four young siblings who walk into a wardrobe and accidentally discover a magical world. This world is called Narnia, and it is under the rule of an evil witch. She has taken the throne from the rightful ruler, a lion named Aslan. The children have to help the citizens of Narnia defeat the witch. At the end of the story, Aslan crowns the siblings rulers of Narnia, and they grow up in the magical world. When they travel back home, they find that they are still children, and that no time has passed at all. After publishing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950, Lewis published six more books about the land of Narnia. The series still has many fans today.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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