STORY BEHIND THE MONA LISA – ENGLISH LESSON

This is an English language lesson for foreign students studying English.  It is suitable for students of all ages.

This is is the order in which the tasks of the lesson should be done.

  1. Listen to the story without reading the text
  2. Listen to the story read slowly in phrases and write it down as you hear
  3. Listen to the whole story read again to make any corrections
  4. Try reading what is written with the unchecked mistakes
  5. See and write down the correct version of the story
  6. Do not make any deletions or changes to the original (wrong) story you wrote
  7. Compare your wrong story against the right one and learn from your mistakes
  8. Read the correct version of the story several times both silently and aloud
  9. Memorise the correct version of the story
  10. Speak the story from memory several times
  11. Write the story down from memory without looking at any written version of it
  12. Check for any mistakes and then write it again
  13. Speak it again to achieve fluency in speaking the text
  14. Always take a note of any difficult vocabulary and pay attention especially to nouns of people and places.

This lesson is a shorter version of the same story which I have also posted on my blogsite under a similar title.

This is the text of the story for the lesson.

The Mona Lisa was just turned fifteeen years old when she married a rich Italian silk merchant almost twice her age,

Leonardo da Vinci admired her very much and painted her portrait.  She was very beautiful and had an enigmatic smile.

The portrait took many years to complete.  Leonardo lived in France and the painting was gifted to the French King when he died in 1519.

It was once stolen from the Louvre Art Gallery in Paris but thankfully it was recovered and it hands there today for the whole world to see.

About two years ago, special state-of-the-art light technology revealed that the real Mona Lisa was a hidden painting behind the one we now see and know.

Leonardo has tricked us all.

NOTE

The lesson can also be used in the following ways

  1. Present the story to students with around twenty deliberate spelling mistakes and have them correct the text either individually or in pairs.
  2. Once the students are familiar with the text, have them speak the text with missing words and they must speak the text with gap-fill words. It should not be necessary to create a word bank for the students.
  3. A game can be played in groups to guess how many adjectives and/or nouns are used in the story
  4. Allow a time lapse of about a week and ask a student to spontaenously speak the text. The student may be allowed to read it aloud to class first or 15 seconds to glance at the text in his/her student book beforte speaking to the class

Good luck with the English lesson!

 

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