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Listen&Learn: The Hobbit

22nd July 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • fantasy: a fiction genre that involves magic
  • protagonist: the main character of a story
  • recruit: to convince someone to help with an important task
  • quest: a journey to accomplish a specific goal
  • defeat: to beat someone in a battle
  • trilogy: a series made up of three books

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Hobbit is a classic fantasy children’s novel by English author J.R.R. Tolkien. The novel was published in 1937, and over 100 million copies have been sold since then. The protagonist of the book is named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a hobbit – a small, human-like that lives underground. One day, a wizard called Gandalf recruits Bilbo to go on a quest to find some valuable treasure. This treasure once belonged to a group of dwarves, who are determined to get it back. Together, Bilbo and Gandalf set out to help the dwarves find their treasure – but first they have to defeat Smaug, the dragon who guards it. Tolkien originally wrote this story for his own children, but it quickly became a huge . This inspired Tolkien to write a sequel trilogy: the famous Lord of the Rings , which takes place 60 years after the events of The Hobbit.

Comprehension questions

1. Bilbo Baggins is a

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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit.

2. The treasure Bilbo and Gandalf are looking for originally belonged to

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The treasure Bilbo and Gandalf are looking for originally belonged to the dwarves.

3. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings series because

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J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings series because The Hobbit was extremely successful.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Many of the imaginary elements that Tolkien used in his books, such as wizards, dwarves, elves, and dragons, are common across the fantasy genre. Some fantasy books with similar elements (like the Harry Potter series) have been just as successful as Tolkien’s stories. Why do you think books with these themes are so popular?

Transcript

The Hobbit is a classic fantasy children’s novel written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien. The novel was published in 1937, and over 100 million copies have been sold since then. The protagonist of the book is named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a hobbit – a small, human-like creature that lives underground. One day, a wizard called Gandalf recruits Bilbo to go on a quest to find some valuable treasure. This treasure once belonged to a group of dwarves, who are determined to get it back. Together, Bilbo and Gandalf set out to help the dwarves find their treasure – but first they have to defeat Smaug, the powerful dragon who guards it. Tolkien originally wrote this story for his own children, but it quickly became a huge success. This inspired Tolkien to write a sequel trilogy: the famous Lord of the Rings series, which takes place 60 years after the events of The Hobbit.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

8th April 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • iconic: very famous, influential, and well-known
  • behead: to kill someone by cutting their head off
  • moral: a lesson included in a story
  • contrast: a difference between two things
  • adaptation: a movie or television show that is based on a book

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an iconic children’s novel by British Lewis Carroll. The story follows a young girl named Alice, who dreams about jumping down a rabbit hole and discovering a land. In this strange world, there are talking animals, cakes that can make Alice grow or shrink, and an evil queen who wants to behead her. The of Alice was based on a real girl named Alice Liddell, who Carroll originally told the story to. The book was published in 1865, and while children at the time loved the story, many adults were confused by it. At the time that the novel was published, most children’s books included morals. In contrast to this, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fun story that had no clear , and that was why children it. Many adaptations of this book have been made, and the story is still loved by both children and adults today.

Comprehension questions

1. In Alice's dream, she discovers Wonderland after

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In Alice's dream, she discovers Wonderland after jumping down a rabbit hole.

2. The character of Alice was

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The character of Alice was based on a real girl.

3. Children loved the book because

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Children loved the book because it was fun and had no clear meaning.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published over a century ago. Why do you think that the themes and characters of this book are still so widely known today?

Transcript

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an iconic children’s novel by British author Lewis Carroll. The story follows a young girl named Alice, who dreams about jumping down a rabbit hole and discovering a magical land. In this strange world, there are talking animals, cakes that can make Alice grow or shrink, and an evil queen who wants to behead her. The character of Alice was based on a real girl named Alice Liddell, who Carroll originally told the story to. The book was published in 1865, and while children at the time loved the story, many adults were confused by it. At the time that the novel was published, most children’s books included morals. In contrast to this, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fun story that had no clear meaning, and that was why children enjoyed it. Many adaptations of this book have been made, and the story is still loved by both children and adults today.


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