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Read this ghost story... if you dare!

1 Pre-reading

You’re going to listen to a horror story called “The Golden Hand”. What do you think the golden hand is? Who owns it? What happens to it? Make notes.

2 Reading I

Read or listen to the story once to compare your ideas from the Pre-reading activity.

3 Reading II

Read or listen to the story again. Then, try writing a 100-word summary of it. Later, try giving a short spoken summary of it to a friend. Try to do it without referring back to the original story.

Objective To improve your reading and listening skills.

Think about it What are some of your favourite ghost stories? What are they about? Have you seen any films about ghosts? What are they about? How scary were they? Have you ever been in a haunted house? Where was it? In what way was it haunted? What had happened there? Who was the ghost? Have you ever felt a ghostly presence? What was it? What happened? Who was it? How did you feel? Have you read any articles in the news about ghosts? What were they?

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The latest issue of Hot English (179 – the April issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to improve your listening skills! Learn how to listen more effectively. This will help you at work and with your personal relations, as well as improving your ability to listen in English. Plus, 12 useful words to describe lunchtime food, 10 useful past tense verbs, 8 words to use at the amusement park, 10 important words for describing the “economy”, “embarrassing” idioms... plus: • Quiz – what’s your workplace personality? • Food – lunchtime! • Mystery – ghost towns • Health – the benefits of yoga • Language – how to paraphrase • Politics – things that got banned • Workplace humour – naughty employees • Medicine – are you eating too much salt? • Cinema – Young Frankenstein • Cuisine – Eggs Benedict • Humour – April Fool’s Day jokes • Crime – stupid criminals • Music – ABBA and Elvis Presley • Nature – cute animals that bite • History – conscientious objectors • Terror – The Golden Hand AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!