Roald Dahl

“Taste” – Classroom Ideas

These ideas were sent in by Julia Müller. She teaches foreign adults and children. Thanks Julia!

Grammar Work

The story (I used the easy reader version level 5, Penguin Readers because I teach foreign learners -50% adults) lends itself to working with the past simple. Get students to make a table of the regular and irregular verbs found in the story. You can limit it to ten, or fifteen or whatever (e.g. see, saw, seen). If necessary the teacher can prepare a table with some participles missing which the students can then fill in.

——- saw ——-


Have the students put adjectives from the story into categories (nice – nasty, that kind of thing). They then use the adjectives to create a picture of a thoroughly nasty person or of a wonderful person. Using adjectives for description can go on ad infinitum.