Stories & Poems

A Game of Go

Two people sit down to play a game. One is an old man who has spent all of his life playing this game, which is called Go. The other is a young woman. She has only been playing Go for three years.

April Fool’s Day

Danny Applewhite was developing into a rather arrogant young man. He was among the top five achievers at his school, but would he be smart enough to avoid being a fool on April 1st?

Beginner’s Luck

When James Milner lands a job in his uncle's bank he rides his luck for a while and even earns himself a huge bottle of vintage champagne for one transaction. But how long can his luck last?

Coetzee’s novels

Read synopses of some of the novels of Nobel prize winning writer, South African J.M. Coetzee, and then compare them.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud…

…That floats on high o'er vales and hills…" This famous poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was inspired by the Spring flower, the yellow, or golden daffodil.

Mountain Fable

In this fable – written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement - a squirrel and a mountain have an argument!

No

Thomas Hood wrote at the start of the nineteenth century, but he sounds surprisingly modern. In this poem, Hood takes a look at winter in a cold, urban climate, expressed with a nice sense of humour.

Quotes about the United Kingdom

Read what young people in countries around the world think about the United Kingdom. Compare their opinions, work with the vocabulary and let us know what you think about the UK.

The Bright Dresses

This poem is about teaching English and conveys powerful emotions through observation of small, almost banal details: shoes in shoe shops, bright dresses, the artificial language of an English lesson.

The Broken Mirror, The Black Cat, and Lots of Good Luck

Nikos was an ordinary man. One thing that he did not believe in was superstition. But when so many things that are meant to cause bad luck started bringing him good luck he began to wonder ...