Advanced English Lessons

Here is one of my free advanced English lessons. It is based on an article published in THE WEEK, about the experiences of English explorer John Hanning Speke, in 1861, when he became the first man to enter the kingdom of Buganda, in Africa.

What happened when he met the king and his mother? How did they communicate? What was Speke looking for? And most importantly, what happened to the four cows?

This article is a fascinating description of a life that no longer exists, and experiences that are nowadays very rare. Learn new vocabulary, stretch your imagination, and read a great account of a bygone age in one of my advanced English lessons J

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This is one of my advanced lessons for students who want to study English online. It is appropriate for advanced and proficiency level students (B2, C1 and C2).

Language Focus

You need to stretch their imagination right at the beginning of the lesson, as you picture yourself being a 19th century explorer. Where would you go and what would you take? This is followed by a quiz on world exploration. How much do you know about the people that discovered our world?

You then learn some vocabulary from the text, in the order that it appears. Try and imagine what really happened on the day that Speke entered the kingdom of Bagunda, with the help of the vocabulary words.

In conclusion, read the text and see if your speculations were anywhere close to reality. How do you think an African king would react upon first meeting a European explorer? What would the impact of guns have on the village? Find out, and learn interesting new vocabulary while you're doing it.

I hope you enjoyed my free lesson plan J If you did, why don't you try another one of my advanced English lessons.

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