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Κυριακή, 4 Μαρτίου 2012

Dickens' LIfe (BBC)



Here is the script of the video.
We can use it with our students in different ways (jumbled sentences, gapped text etc)
  1. • Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, on February 7, 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children.
  2. • He moved to London in 2022
  3. • At 12, Charles Dickens went to work at a blacking factory, labelling bottles for 11 hours a day
  4. • His father was imprisoned for debts
  5. • He began work as a solicitor’s clerk in 1827
  6. • He began to collect names and characteristics of the people he saw
  7. • He began a journalistic career in 1831
  8. • Writing became his passion
  9. • He was beginning to taste success
  10. • His first piece of fiction was published in 1835
  11. • The same year he met Cathering Hogharth, fell in love and got married
  12. • The next few years resulted in much writing and many children
  13. • As his writing became more popular and his fame more widespread, rumours were spread of his drunkenness and admission to an asylum
  14. • He kept a pet raven
  15. • In 1842 Charles and Catherine set sail for America with his family
  16. • On landing in Boston they were mobbed by crowds
  17. • He visited the unusual that inspired his writing
  18. • In summer of 1844 he went to Italy
  19. • Upon his return he started editing a new radical newspaper
  20. • He founded a refuge for homeless women
  21. • He performed his works at public readings
  22. • Aged 44 he bought the house his father had pointed out at him years before
  23. • It symbolised achievement
  24. • Whilst he was organising a theatrical project, he met and was spellbound by a young actress, Ellen Ternan
  25. • This relationship caused the end of his marriage
  26. • In 1865, while Charles and Ellen were returning from Paris, their train crashed
  27. • Only at the last minute did he remember to retrieve from the wrecked carriage the final part of “Our Mutual Friend”
  28. • The incidence left Charles very shaken
  29. • For a while he kept his busy itinerary, but then his health began to fail
  30. • He died of a stroke in 1870, at the age of 58.
  31. • He is buried at Westminster Abbey.

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