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MAY 2021



WEEK3: Using « Get » as a main verb

All about « get » as a main verb…

1. You know about the causative constructions:

« to get someone to do something »

« To get something done »

2. GET + adjective = to become (can be used for the French « reflexive » or « reciprocal » forms)

They got married last week.

It gets colder in the evenings so don’t forget your coat.

He got hurt on the job but the company refused to compensate him.

3. GET + noun = to obtain (buy, take, receive…)

If you’re stopping at the grocery store, could you get some milk?

The summer road trip was going great… until we ran over a nail and got a flat tire.

4. To understand:

I get it!

Well, you get the idea.

Got it?

I don’t get it.

5. GET (to) + a place = to arrive

When do you think you’ll get here?

They got to the shop too late; it was already closed.

6. GET TO + V = be able to

I can’t believe we got to see the Rolling Stones!

Since the hotel accidentally double-booked their room, they got to upgrade to a luxury suite for free.

7. HAVE GOT TO + V = must (often shorted to « gotta »)

You’ve got to listen to me, it’s important!

Sorry, gotta go!

Homework: write a sentence for each use of « get » as a main verb (we can review the ones you are not sure about next time).

APRIL 2021



WEEK2 : Discussion and vocabulary review about TRAVELLING


  1. Do you travel light? If so, how do you decide what to pack?
  2. You have to watch your back when you’re travelling alone; there are a lot of dangerous people out there. Do you agree?
  3. Which place that you’ve visited was the biggest culture shock? Where did you feel right at home? Why?
  4. Do you normally travel on a shoestring or live it up? How can you save money while travelling? Would you consider hitchhiking or couchsurfing?
  5. Have you got the travel bug? Have you got itchy feet? If so, where’s next on the list?
  6. Do you like to pack a lot in/have a full plate or see how the mood takes you when you’re travelling?
  7. What’s the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by for you?
  8. How important is it for you to catch some rays when you’re on holiday?
  9. How do you choose a holiday destination? Are you a culture vulture?

Les réponses :

WEEK1 : Present perfect review and « I have never » travel discussion game to practice the present perfect.


WEEK4 : Discussion using travel expressions from last week. Watch « Venice » travel video. Past perfect uses review. 

Travel expressions: 

Get the travel bug

At the crack of dawn

Travel light

Watch your back

Culture shock

Feel right at home

Travel on a shoe string

Catch some rays

Culture vulture

Live it up

Get itchy feet

Sit and watch the world go by

Homework: match the expression to its definition + phrasal verb (« turn out » or « run out of » depending on the group)


Explanation and 3 pages of exercises

Extra practice:

WEEK2 : TALK & WALK (Monday class)

OR Discussion about your dream house and everyday life

Weird accommodations and « amenities »: Have you ever stayed in unique or odd accommodations? Which amenities are essential when you are traveling? Which ones can you go without? 

Example of weird accommodations: the Idaho Potato Hotel

Grammar point – Clefts sentences : What I really want is… / It is a …. I dream about / All I want (for Christmas) is (you)…

Link to grammar explanation:

Wednesday 6:30PM Homework: Exercise 1 at this link:

We will « put off » talking about the verb « to find out » until next week 😉

Friday 12:30PM homework: You are planning a holiday. You want to book accommodations. Which amenities are essential for you? Use cleft sentences.

Phrasal verb: to pick up

-> to go and get something / someone
-> to learn something
ex : I never pick up hitchhikers

WEEK1 : Holiday break


WEEK4 : Holiday break

WEEK3 : Review « causative » construction. 

« Reading Houses » text:

Which features of a house are essential, in your opinion? Which are not essential? 

Homework: Describe your dream home OR research and describe an unusual home. 

WEEK2 : New topic: House and Home.

Go over « modal verbs of deduction » homework.

Discussion: Super Bowl

–       Expressions with « house » and « home »

–       What does « home » mean to you?

–       Jason Momoa Super Bowl Commercial :

Grammar point: Causative constructions: « to have something done » or « to get something done ». « Home improvement » text with exercises.

Homework:  Phrasal Verb « to put off » / « to find out »

and depending on your group… watch the Mr. Bean video and give advice using the « causative construction » OR tell about a time when you made home improvements.

WEEK1 : For groups who did a « TALK AND WALK » this month: January Week 4 Lesson. 

!!!Extra conditional exercises!!!


**Wednesday evening group**: 

Modal verbs of deduction: 

–       Must be / has to be / has got to be

–       Might be / may be / could be

–       Can’t be

Text: « The elixir of life »

Practice: Real or fake news headlines quiz

Homework: phrasal verb « to look after »

+ Exercises accompanying the text (link to answers at the bottom of the webpage):


WEEK4 : TALK AND WALK Or 6-Minute English: The Science of Loneliness
Listen to the recording and read along with the transcript. Can you give some examples of « pinch points »? How do you cope with pinch points when they happen? What is the difference between solitude and loneliness, according to the researcher? Do you agree with her claim? In the video, they mentioned Mauro Morandi. His boat broke down on an island and he decided to stay there–alone–for 31 years. If it had happened to you, what would you have done? 

Mini- grammar review: 3rd conditionalHomework: Phrasal verb: to make upOptional: extra link for 3rd conditional practice:

EXTRA LINKS: BBC’s Grammar Guides (we’ll do mini-lessons from the Upper-Intermediate and Advanced lists. Don’t hesitate to request explanations or exercises for a specific point)Advanced list: list:

WEEK3 : We took a break from the topic to talk about the American presidential inauguration on 20 January. 

Full inauguration video: can click on the links under the video to skip to the part you want to watch)

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s performance of her original poem, « The Hill We Climb » (with subtitles):

Transcript of the poem:

Phrasal verb: « to look forward to »

Grammatical context: look forward to + N or V-ing

Communicative context: – this phrasal verb is often used at the end of formal letters or emails as a polite way of asking for a reply or arranging further communication. For example: I look forward to hearing from you soon.- it is also used in spoken communication and informal writing. In that case, we often use the continuous form of the verb. For example:Mark: « See you at lunch tomorrow? »Cathy: « Looking forward to it! »


– Write a sentence with the following phrasal verb: to make up

– Listen to the 6 minute English recording at this link: We’ll discuss it next week!

WEEK2 : Video: Forest Bathing
Discuss: What is forest bathing and where does it come from? What problems does it address? What are its benefits? How do you stay connected with nature?
Our New Year’s resolution: Learn a phrasal verb each week.
Phrasal verb list:
– Phrasal verb « to come up with ». Write a sentence.
– What are the claims about forest bathing? Do you agree with them or are you skeptical?
If you want to learn more about forest bathing, you can consult the following web page:
Also, check out this article from TIME Magazine:


BREXIT video
The video is a news report from January 1st, 2021.
It shows different people’s reactions to the end of the Brexit transition period.
Watch the video:
Who reacted positively to the change? Who reacted negatively?
Useful vocabulary from the video:
– a new dawn = a new beginning
« It’s a new dawn: a new era on our relationship with the EU. »
– to dance around a topic = to avoid speaking about something
« In his New Year’s address, the Prime Minister danced around Brexit. »
– in drips and draps = little by little, in small amounts
« New details are emerging in drips and drabs. »
– to swap = to trade, to exchange
« UK and European firms can continue trades and swaps. »
– the eleventh hour = the last possible moment
« The governments reached an agreement at the eleventh hour. »

Homework : What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Make a list.


WEEK 1: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Document + Video (first 5 minutes):

WEEK2: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote.

Homework : Ask questions about any difficult point in the text.

Continue discussion of « A Christmas Memory » by Truman Capote. At its heart, this is a story of childhood friendship. Talk about a friend you had as a child. 

Read dialogue aloud on page 4-5 (Buddy and his cousin go to Mr. Haha Jones’s shop). 

Practice word stress for emphasis: the words in italics in this dialogue should be longer, louder and higher-pitched.

Christmas song: « White Christmas » by Lady Gaga.

Homework: What is your favorite Christmas song? Suggest a song or carol for next week. 

More resources: 

Christmas songs, lyrics and exercises :


WEEK 1: Two perspectives on Thanksgiving

WEEK 2: Food vocabulary – comparing US and UK vocab. Homework – bring a recipe to share.

WEEK 3: Share recipes. Correct and send by email.

WEEK 4: “From Blossoms” poem.

Pronunciation practice.




APRIL 2021

WEEK1 : Solving a crime in the airport. Role play to practice « Past Continuous ».



Wednesday: Prepositions of movement review. 

ED pronunciation. Introduction to « past continuous »

Thursday: Spoken expressions part 1 

Introduction to « past continuous »

Homework: Tell about something surprising that happened while you were traveling. What were you doing when it happened? Use the past continuous.

Useful spoken English phrases for intermediate learners:


Filler words have many functions in conversation:

  1. To start a new topic or give yourself more time to think
  • Well
  • Okay
  • So
  • Um / er / uh
  • Hmm
  • Like
  1. Adverbs: to give nuance or emphasis to what you are saying
  • Actually (careful! This means “In fact”, NOT “currently”)
  • Totally
  • Basically
  • Seriously
  • Clearly
  • Literally
  1. Specifying the kind of information
  • You see (the information is new to the listener)
  • You know (the listener already knows the information)
  • I guess / I suppose (the speaker isn’t sure about the information)
  • …or something (at the end of the sentence, to show that the information isn’t precise)
  1. To clarify, confirm, or summarize something
  • I mean (to clarify or explain)
  • (Do) you know what I mean? (to confirm that the listener understands or agrees)
  • At the end of the day (to summarize the most important point)
  1. To show that you are listening actively
  • Right
  • Mhm
  • Sure
  • Uh huh
  • Yeah

80 English phrases with pronunciation:


  • Asking how someone is
  • Saying how you are
  • Saying thank you
  • Responding to thank you
  • Ending a conversation
  • Asking for information
  • Saying you don’t know
  • Not having an opinion
  • Agreeing
  • Disagreeing
  • Responding to great news
  • Responding to bad news
  • Inviting someone somewhere
  • Talking about food
  • Talking about prices
  • Talking about the weather
  • Talking about being tired



Wednesday: Week 2 lesson + Venice travel video.

Thursday: Prepositions of movement review.

Introduce « Spoken expressions » list

Venice travel video.


OR Chat about St. Patrick’s Day. 

« Galway Girls » Irish dancers: 

Presentations and discussions of famous homes. 

Homework: Review prepositions of movement for next time:


WEEK3 : Home improvements discussion.

Types of homes: cottage, bungalow, apartment/flat, semi-detached, detached, terraced, palace, castle, studio. What are the features of each type of home? Which features of a home are essential to you? Which type of home do you prefer? What is a typical French home? 

Video: James Bond visits Buckingham Palace. 

Homework: Describe a famous home. When was it built? Who lives there? What features does it have? etc. 

WEEK2 : Go over « reported speech » homework. More « reported speech » practice. 

Begin topic: « house and home »

What is the difference between house and home? 

Expressions with « house » and « home »

Homework: Tell about a time when you made home improvements. Did you ask for help or DIY? 

WEEK1 : « TALK AND WALK » OR January week 4 lesson


WEEK4 : « TALK AND WALK » OR To the doctor’s office

Discuss homework and review 2nd conditional. Video: « Friends »: Rachel’s visit to the eye doctor: 

Grammar point: Indirect reported speech- Read the statements from the video. Can you change them to indirect speech?

 Discuss similarities and differences between French and American health systems. 

Useful vocabulary:- doctor’s office- prescription- drugs- medicine- drugstore / pharmacy- checkup- insurance

Homework: more exercises at this link can find suggested answers on the website. We will check in class next time.)
Grammar explanation and extra practice:
**** CORRECTIONS FOR PASSIVE VOICE EXERCISES FROM LAST WEEK**** 2. Bicycles were rented (by the visitors) at the resort.3. Hundreds of people visit the spa every week.4. A spa holiday was booked (by them).5. In this health resort, they don’t allow children.

WEEK3 : We learned about two islands:

– Santa Cruz de Islota, off the coast of Columbia, is the most densely-populated island in the world.

– Budelli island has only one inhabitant, who has lived there alone for more than 30 years.

Watch the video and read the text. Which island would you rather live on? Which lifestyle would be better for your health? Video about Santa Cruz de Islota:

Passive voice practice: Put the following sentences and ideas from the video in passive voice:

– Fisherman used the island for shelter from storms.

– They built houses on the island.

– They caught fish.

– They built a generator.

Vocabulary from the text about Budelli Island:

– caretaker- decades- to spread- to scatter

Here is an article about Budelli Island for those who are interested. You can click on « slideshow » to see images of the island and its caretaker, Mauro Morandi.
Grammar Point: 2nd Conditional

[If + Simple Past … would + infinitive]

We use the 2nd conditional to talk about things that are unlikely or impossible.

Ex. If I won the lottery, I would travel the world.

If you had to choose between the two islands, which would you choose to/rather live on?

–       I would rather live on the second island

–       I would prefer to live on the first island

***With the verb BE, always use « were » (even if it’s singular!)***

Ex. If he were here, he would sing a song.Homework: If you were stranded on an island, which three things would you choose to bring with you? (and why?)Optional exercises for more practice:

WEEK2 : What does health and wellness mean to you?
Video: Forest Bathing
Discussion: What is forest bathing? What are its benefits?
Grammar point: Passive vs Active voice. What are examples of passive voice in the video?
Homework: Watch the video again. Do you agree or disagree with this claim?: « Spending time in nature is better for you than spending time in the city. »
Grammar explanation and extra practice:

WEEK1 – Kelsey: Listen and read article (LEVEL 5): « New Year’s Resolutions Difficult to Keep » (click on the link: you can listen at different speed s and read the article again)
Common new year’s resolutions are about health, money, food, friends, hobbies and the world. We make resolutions to quit, change, or start something. For example:
– save money
– quit a bad habit
– get fit
– lose weight
Discussion: Which resolution is the easiest to keep? Which is the most difficult? Why?
Homework : The January Topic is Health and Wellness. What does being healthy mean to you?

WEEK1 – Klaudia:


  1. How did you celebrate Christmas? New Year’s Eve?
  2. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
  3. What is your favo(u)rite Christmas tradition?
  4. How did you celebrate Christmas/New Year’s Eve when you were a child?
  5. How would you organize your perfect winter holiday/vacation?

HOLIDAY – when you go abroad

VACATION – when you stay at your place


Write a short story using the words below.

  • Fireplace
  • Holly
  • Letter to Santa
  • Joyful
  • Surprise
  • Children
  • Snow

Writing New Year’s Resolutions

Some examples

  1. Travel more
  2. Exercise more
  3. Lose weight
  4. Get organized
  5. Learn a new skill or a hobby
  6. Live life to the fullest
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Eat healthier
  10. Save more money/spend less money
  11. Go abroad

Now write your own New Year’s Resolutions.


FINALLY, let’s speak about Present Continuous. Even though Present Continuous is a present tense, it can allude to the future.

I am seeing Martha in town tomorrow.

We use the present continuous tense for definite future arrangements. Often, it doesn’t really matter if we choose ‘be going to’ or the present continuous. In the following example, there is really very little difference in meaning:

  • I‘m going to the cinema tonight.
  • I‘m going to go to the cinema tonight.

We use the present simple tense in two cases. First, we use it for a timetabled event in the future, like public transport or the start of a class:

  • My train leaves at six tonight.
  • His class starts at 9am tomorrow.

Second, we use it after certain words, when the sentence has a future meaning. These words are: before / after / as soon as / until / when:

  • I’ll call you when I get home.
  • She’s going to study after she finishes dinner.
  • Please drink some water as soon as you complete the race.


  1. Where are they going?
  2. Who is going there?

DECEMBER : Holidays and Celebrations

WEEK 1: Weird Christmas traditions around the world.

Homework: what are your Christmas traditions?

WEEK2 : Talk about holiday traditions.

Grammar point depends on group: 

–       B + V-ing for plans; 

–       « May » for a wish vs. possibility/permission

Christmas songs vs Christmas carols.

Christmas song gap fill: « White Christmas » by Lady Gaga.

Homework: What is your favorite Christmas song? Suggest a song or carol for next week. 

More resources: 

Christmas songs, lyrics and exercises :


WEEK 1: Introduce topic. What’s your comfort food?

Cornbread recipe.

Homework: bring a recipe to share.

WEEK 2: Share recipes. Cooking vocabulary; imperative form of verbs for instructions.

WEEK 3: Kitchen items vocab. “to” vs “for”.

Homework: describe your kitchen

WEEK 4: “This is just to say” poem.

Review: present perfect for recent events.




MAY 2021

Week 1: Part 1: Discussion.

  • How was your spring break / your Easter holiday?
  • Weekly questions (date, weather, time)

Part 2: Irregular verbs quiz and check.


Part 3: We have had a lot of holidays recently. Now is a good time to review topics from past lessons. This will be different in each class: preterite, modals, parts of the body, etc…).

Homework: Irregular verbs: sleep / slept / slept ; speak / spoke / spoken

Week 2: Talk and walk

Week 3: Verb review + Introduce past continuous.

Review the verb tenses we learned this year: present simple, present continuous, past simple.

Today we will learn a new verb tense: past continuous.


  • Declarative sentence: Subject + was/were + V-ing
  • Negation: Subject + was not / wasn’t / were not / weren’t + V-ing
  • Question: (Question word) + Was/Were + Subject + V-ing

Function: a long or continued action in the past, often interrupted by another past event.

APRIL 2021

WEEK1 : Listen to travel stories.

Check -ED pronunciation. Introduction to past continuous.

Airport vocabulary.

MARCH 2021 :

WEEK4 : Modes of transportation.

Past -ED: what are the 3 pronunciations of the suffix -ED? 

Homework: mark the pronunciation of each regular verb in the travel story you wrote. 

WEEK3 : TALK & WALK OR  Exercises with prepositions of place.

Read or listen to a text about the « Upside Down House » and describe a picture. The upside-down house is a popular attraction in many cities. Have you ever visited one? What attractions do you visit when you travel?

Homework: Irregular verbs: say / said / said and see / saw / seen AND ?

WEEK2 : Presentations and discussions of famous homes. Review house and home vocabulary.

Grammar point: Prepositions of place

–       Under/below

–       Over/above

–       On

–       In

–       Behind

–       In front of

–       Next to

–       Between

–       Opposite

Monday 6:30PM Homework: Study the words on this list for next time. Irregular verbs: read / read / read (remember pronunciation change!) and run / run / run. 

Wednesday 4:30PM Homework: Describe a room in your house. Say where objects are located using prepositions of place. Irregular verbs: pay / paid / paid and put / put / put

For extra practice check out this webpage with a list of prepositions, example sentences and exercises:


WEEK 3 : Home/house vocabulary (3)

Buckingham Palace listening:

Numbers / Dates review.

Homework: describe a famous home. When was it built? Who lives there? How many rooms does it have? Etc. 

WEEK2 : Go over homework – Mr. Bean video. Advice about home improvement. 

Add to house/home vocabulary.

More practice with modals. 

Homework: irregular verbs

–       make/ made / made 

–       meet / met / met

WEEK1 : Vocabulary about houses

Match the list of words with the correct room of the house. Rooms: Bedroom; Bathroom; Kitchen; Living Room

Word List: Sink, Bathtub, Shower curtain, Stove, Cupboard / Cabinet, Oven, Nightstand, Closet, Bed, Armchair, Coffee Table, Footrest

Video Clip: Mr. Bean’s Home Improvements

Which rooms do you see in the clip?

What do you see in each room?

How is Mr. Bean trying to improve his home?

Discussion: Have you ever made home improvements?


–       Irregular Verbs: 

o   let / let / let

o   lose / lost / lost

–       More practice with modal verbs of obligation and advice (should, must, have to, ought to): Give Mr. Bean advice for his home improvements.


WEEK4 : « TALK AND WALK » Or « Body Parts »

Pop quiz : translate the sentences : j’ai mal à la hanche- j’ai mal à la cheville- j’ai mal à la gorge- j’ai mal au coude.

Discuss homework: common cold remedies

Grammar point: modal verbs- should / shouldn’t- ought to / ought not to- must / mustn’t- have to / don’t have toHealth advice role play.

Homework: – Irregular verbs: leave / left / leftlend / lent / lent
Extra practice:

WEEK3 : Review body parts vocabulary + add new words

New grammar / vocab: complaining to the doctor

Did you know there are 4 ways to say « j’ai mal » in English?

– I have a head ache

– My back hurts

– I have shoulder pain

– I have a sore throat

Practice making sentences with other parts of the body.

Other useful vocabulary: – to cough- to sneeze- I have a cold- I’m tired- I have a fever / a temperature

Listening practice:

Homework:- What should you do when you have a cold? Irregular verbs: keep / kept / keptknow / knew / known

Week2 : Go over homework: « New Year’s Resolutions »
Grammar point: Possession review.
– Review « parts of the body » vocabulary
– Irregular verbs:
go / went / gone
hear / heard / heard
Links to exercises for more practice:
Parts of the body vocabulary:

Week1 : Article (LEVEL 4) « New Year’s Resolutions Difficult to Keep »
(click on the link : you can listen at different speeds and read the article again)
Common new year’s resolutions are about health, money, food, friends, hobbies and the world. We make resolutions to quit, change, or start something. For example:
– save money
– quit a bad habit
– get fit
– lose weight
Homework: What are your new year’s resolutions? Make a list.
Irregular Verbs:
Get – Got – Got
Give – Gave – Given


WEEK 1: What’s your comfort food?

Optional document: comfort foods around the world.

Vocabulary review: types of meals, describing food.

Homework: describe your comfort food. Share a recipe if you want.

WEEK 2: Countable vs Uncountable nouns. Some, a/an, any.

Homework: What’s in your fridge?

WEEK 3: Quantities – much vs many. How much / how many? Too much / too many. Not much / not many. A little / a lot. Enough.

Homework: give advice about eating healthy.

WEEK 4: Kitchen tips from chefs around the world.

Kitchen items vocabulary.

DECEMBER: Holidays and celebrations

WEEK 1: Christmas vocabulary + True/false quiz.

Grammar: Talking about plans using BE + V-ing.

Homework: what are you doing for the holidays?

WEEK 2: “All I want for Christmas is you” gap fill. Talk about projects: Christmas songs and advent calendar.

WEEK2 : Talk about holiday traditions.

BE + V-ing for plans vs for present actions.

Christmas songs vs Christmas carols.

Choice of song or carol:

« Happy Xmas War is over » by John Lennon; « Twelve Days of Christmas »; « All I want for Christmas is you »

Homework: What are your plans for this holiday season? Use BE + V-ing. 

Suggest a Christmas song or carol to listen to next week.

More resources: 

Christmas songs, lyrics and exercises :


Each day you can try to answer a new question or solve a new challenge in English.  Please, send us your results before the 1st of January and you will get a reward 😉

Envoyez nous par email votre calendrier avec toutes vos réponses, les photos demandées etc. avant le 1er Janvier 2022 et vous serez récompensé 😉

Question : How many people did you meet ?
Question : Can you tell us what they were ?
Take a picture 😉

Take a picture 😉
You’re so brave !
Who are they ?

You can find some English and American recipes here :

What was the movie’s title?
Did you succeed? How many languages did you sing?
If you had a magic wand, what would you ask?
Take a photo
Take a photo


Now, you can send us your answers by email : before the 1st of January to get a reward!


Created during By The Way 2020 Teens classes – starter on Tuesday, April the 21st

Last update : Tuesday, May 12th at 8pm

The plot :

In the group, there is a form of inequality which causes a dispute because their music is not compatible. Caroline and Kelly like playing one type of music, while Sandrine and Alexa have a different idea. Lucy is alone, stuck in the middle. She is concerned about the dispute and does not feel comfortable to say what she thinks.

There is another student (or teacher) at the school who exacerbates this conflict within the group. They want to break up the group but, in the end, the girls realise that they are stronger together.


Caroline: She plays piano. She likes classical music. She is a little shy and very happy. She’s an optimist. She has black hair and brown eyes. She is Korean. She is medium height.

Kelly: She plays guitar. She likes pop music. She is very patient and honest. She always says what she thinks. She has red hair and green eyes. She has white skin and she is tall.

Sandrine: She plays drums. She likes rock ‘n roll! She is impatient and hyperactive. She has lots of energy. She has purple hair and blue eyes. She has white skin and she is short. 

Lucy: She plays flute. She is intelligent, shy and often sad. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She has white skin and she is tall. 

Alexa: She plays electric guitar. She likes rap. She is outgoing. She has black hair and blue eyes. She has brown skin and is tall and skinny. 

Ben: The student who exacerbates the conflict. He is a singer. He is irritable and curious.

The story :

This story is about five girls who study at Gallagher Elite High School of Music in London. Gallagher is unlike other schools in the region. The Principal rules very strictly and always ensures that the uniform looks perfect.

The girls are in a school music class. They are playing different styles of music.

Caroline : « Kelly, your music is very nice. I think our music goes well together. »

Kelly : « Thank you, your music isn’t bad either. Let’s try to play together if you want? »

They play a pop song together on piano and guitar. 

Sandrine hearing the music : « I don’t really like the sound of your music, girls. »

Alexa : « I agree with Sandrine. It’s terrible! »

In the meanwhile, Lucy is alone. Ben goes over to her, and suggests they start a group of their own. Alexa and Sandrine see Lucy with Ben and ask her: “Why have you abandoned us?”

Lucy says to the girls: “I have left you because you ignored me, did your own thing and left me alone for so long.”

Caroline and Kelly join, intrigued, “What’s happened?” “What is it?”

Ben responds, defensively, “Stop, leave us alone.”


Created during By The Way 2020 Kids classes – started on Monday, April 20th

Last update : Tuesday, May 12th at 8PM

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2020 adults’ story

Created during By The Way 2020 Adults classes – started on Monday, April the 20th


Last update : Tuesday, May 26th at 8am

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there lived a group of amazing people.Each one of these people had a special power.

Some of these powers included: reading minds, transforming objects, becoming invisible, freezing time and many, many more. These fantastic people could all be found in a single village, some would describe as heaven. This village was perfectly situated between the mountains and the sea. The village was entirely self-sufficient with its own crops and gardens scattered among the houses. Close to their village there was a magic waterfall where lived a very old and wise man.

This man had the special gift of being able to travel to different places in an instant. His name was Brian. Brian had a son, Peter, who could read people’s minds as his great-great-grandmother did long, long ago.

Peter was in his thirties, slim and very attractive in spite of himself. He had long disheveled hair and a long beard. He was always dreaming. All the single women in the village were secretly in love with him. But Peter didn’t seem to care about them. And you will very quickly understand why :

One day, Peter was walking between the waterfall and the forest. He met a beautiful woman. She was tall and she wore a long, flowing dress. She wore a crown over long blonde hair. She looked into his eyes and hypnotized him. Ever since that day, Peter was in love with the beautiful witch.

The beautiful witch lived in a castle. Her name was Victoria. She had a young handsome servant, Edward, who protected the forest.

Edward was secretly in love with Victoria. However, he feared that she would never love him because he was only  a poor servant.

Victoria  had an enchanted frog called Bob. Bob ‘s eyes were bright blue, big and bulging. His green skin was like velvet. He  spoke with a human voice.

Edward wanted to watch over the beautiful witch. Victoria was an independant woman and knew her powers were very strong.

Victoria’s father, the count of Oxford, discovered that Victoria had cast a spell on Peter. So he locked Victoria in one of the towers of the castle.

Meanwhile, back in the village, Peter decided to find Victoria. He returned to the waterfall where he saw Victoria for the first time. He was thinking about his love, when he heard a sound. He turned around and amongst the leaves he saw a stranger. Peter said « Who are you? » The stranger answered « I’m Edward. What are you doing here? » Peter explained he was looking for someone called Victoria. « Do you know where I can find her? » he asked.

Edward replied quietly « No, I‘ve never heard of her. »

Peter, who could read minds, could see that he was lying. So they said their goodbyes, and Peter left. But Peter hid and followed Edward when he moved off. Edward led Peter to the castle.

When Peter arrived there, he asked some people if they knew where Victoria was. One of the servants replied she was locked in a tower. Peter knew there were plenty of them and the servant could not decide where Victoria was but he heard she lived in one of the towers, where she could admire a beautiful sunset. Therefore, Peter wanted to go straight to the towers, however, he noticed that he had to cross the labyrinth first. He was afraid of being lost but fortunately he met a ten-year-old girl, who suggested helping him. Thanks to his magical powers, Peter knew she was sincere and that she would not lead him nowhere.

The way to the towers was long and narrow. There was no light in the labirynth and sometimes Peter could hear some screaming voices. Two hours later, they met the end of the labirynth and the little girl told Peter to continue his quest on his own. However he noticed an object in her hand. It was a handkerchief with a gold and beautifully engraved capital letter V. Peter immediately thought of Victoria and so that he believed it was a sign. He asked the little girl where she found that handkerchief. She said it fell off one of the two highest towers located in the southern courtyard. Peter thanked her for that useful piece of information and decided to continue his journey alone.

It took him a few minutes to arrive in that place. Peter was impressed with beauty of this area. It was all green and blossoming. Between the two towers was a magical pond with crocodiles and villains. To reach one of the towers, Peter needed to face the danger and cross the pond. He was really scared, shivers went down his spine. He was long thinking of a possible solution and suddenly he saw a boat. It seemed tiny and creaky, but Peter managed to repair it with some tools he had previously found in the garden.

Once he was on the boat, he suddenly got terrified as he saw a huge monster in front of him. It looked like a big octopus with one black eye and vast arms stretching to the courtyard. Peter took his paddle to fight against the terrible creature, he got hurt but he was brave and determined. As soon as he hit the monster in his face, the blank ink from the octopus’s eye covered the pound. The monster was seriously injured and could no longer fight. Peter was proud of himself, of such a great victory over a magical creature. He sailed across the dark pond thinking that nothing could stop him.

When he reached the edge of the pond, there were two swans that arrived and told him to choose between them. One of them would then show him the right way to the tower. He tried to read the animals’ minds but he was not able to do so.

Peter noticed that one of the swans was black and the other one white. Both of them were very beautiful and graceful. He asked them a question:

‘’What can Victoria see from her tower?”

The white swan responded: ‘’Our village’’

However, the other one said that every evening Victoria would sit by the window and watch a remarkable sunset. Everytime she would look at the people passing by, thinking that she would love to go out. She was even jealous of other women because they were free and could see their husbands. On the contrary, Victoria was all alone in her tower, sad and lonely, constantly reminding herself of a young man she truly loved.

Now, Peter was reassured and able to make the right choice. He decided to follow the black swan. It led him to the tower but once he arrived, the doors were shut. The animal warned him that he needed to be careful. Victoria was, indeed, a witch. Peter ignored that remark as he only wanted to finally meet Victoria.

He felt he was nearing the end of his adventure and knew that this part of the journey was probably the most challenging. He was deeply in love with the woman and afraid of being rejected. On the way to the top of the tower, Peter managed to open one of the doors. He saw that there were a lot of stairs, they looked like a way to heaven. The man felt a bit dizzy and perplexed. Suddenly, he lost control of his body and fell down. When he was conscious again, he did not remember why he was away from his house.

What was he doing in such a strange tower?

Suddenly, Peter heard a voice. He looked around but didn’t see anyone until he looked down. He saw a frog on the stairs. 

« Welcome, Peter! My name is Bob. I’m Victoria’s pet. I could bring you to her. »

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« Who is Victoria? » Peter asked.

« She is a beautiful woman. You met her before in the forest. Even if you don’t remember her, she loves you. »

Peter thought he was dreaming. He had a headache. His legs were numb. « What is happening to me? » He thought. 

He told the frog, « Go to Victoria and ask her ‘Are you sure you love him?’ Because if she doesn’t, I will go away.

The frog said, « Calm down, Peter. You can come with me! »

« I can’t move! I can’t go with you » groaned Peter. 

« Don’t worry Peter! Wait for me, I’ll be very quick! » said Bob as he rushed towards Victoria’s laboratory.

When he arrived there, there were many bottles and flasks everywhere in the room.

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« Which one could help Peter? » wondered the frog.

At this moment, Edward, magically appeared holding something in his hand. It looked like a black bottle of ink…

This squid ink had the power to make people forget forever.

The frog was suspicious. He knew that Edward was in love with Victoria and didn’t want to help him.

Edward gave the bottle to the frog. The frog took it, jumped down the stairs and dropped the bottle on the way. It shattered into a million pieces.

Edward was shocked. He picked up the pieces and tried to wipe up the ink forgetting that the ink would make him forget forever.

Edward touched the ink. He forgot Victoria .

Then Bob went to the laboratory and found a little blue bottle. This bottle contained the antidote which would restore Peter’s memory.

When Bob rejoined Peter, he made Peter drink the antidote. All of his memories came rushing back to him – he immediately passed out. When Peter woke up, the frog was staring at him. Peter then asked Bob : “where can I find Victoria?”

Peter climbed to the top of the tower, where he found a door. He tried the door handle and he found that the door was locked. He looked around and luckily the key was hanging on the wall next to the door.

Peter went to take the key to try to open the tower door. When  Peter touched the key, he felt  his hand burning. Peter who was very courageous overcame the pain and picked up the key. He very carefully placed the key in the lock and began to  open the door.  As he opened the door he saw a corridor which lead to a glass spiral staircase. He followed the staircase which went down into the depths of the tower. There, Peter found 3 doors : one made of diamonds, one made of flowers, and another one made of blackened wood. The entrance to the doors was lit by a torch of fire. Suddenly, a voice came out of the darkness and said :

 » Choose wisely. No mistakes accepted. You have only one chance. If you don’t choose the right door you will never return. « 

Peter couldn’t decide. 

Peter’s first choice was the diamond door. But when he got close, the diamonds started reflecting the rising sun and blinded him. He stopped before opening it.

Then, he looked at the other two doors.

On one hand, the door made of flowers was full of big yellow sunflowers, roses, lilac and lilies. They were very colorful. They smelled very good to attract Peter. But maybe it was a trap. 

On the other hand, the door made of blackened wood was dark and damaged. It had a big iron lock. There was a big key in the lock. The key could open the door easily. The door was very old and the lock was rusted. 

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In the meantime, Peter’s father was worried because he had had no news from his son for 2 days and it was the first time it had happened. Thanks to his gifts, Brian moved to several places : he looked for him everywhere in the village, he looked for him in the forest, he went to the sea and finally arrived at the waterfall. Behind a rock, he found a black woolen hat with Peter’s initials embroidered inside : Peter had been there but he wasn’t anymore!

His father called out his name  »  Peter, Peter, where are you? »  There wasn’t any answer. He began to feel afraid. He thought he might never see his son again.

Suddenly Edward appeared beside the waterfall. He looked frightened, his torn clothes were covered in blood ,his hair was in dreadlocks and his eyes were very dark. He looked like a madman.

Immediately, Brian thought he had killed Peter. Brian grabbed Edward around the neck and cried:  » Where is my son ?!!!! »

Edward didn’t speak because he couldn’t remember anything. He had lost his memory. He explained that after returning from the castle he had been attacked by a pack of wolves and he fell into some blackberries. Brian ordered ‘Take me to the castle’. When they got to the castle, a frog was waiting for them and asked them what they were looking for. Brian demanded to know where Peter was.

« The last time I saw Peter, he was on his way to see Victoria in the highest tower » replied Bob the frog. When Brian arrived at the tower, he saw Victoria and Peter trying to escape from the castle, by climbing out the window. Brian called out « let me help you! I can teleport you both to safety. Where would you like to go? »

Victoria and Peter were anxious because they didn’t know where they could hide. Victoria thought that it was safer to leave the country but Peter shouted back : « It doesn’t matter where, we just want to be together forever. » Brian decided to teleport them all back to the village.

When Brian arrived at the village he was alone. Victoria and Peter had disappeared.

*************** After this sentence, several possible endings will be suggested and discussed by each class ****************

********************* NEW CHAPTER – END1*********************

Explanation : here we can explain why Edward was attacked by wolves. Charles wanted to take his ring. His gift can be to talk to wolves….

Booty, the village bootmaker, was happy. He had just brought to the castle, with his 12-years-old son Charles, the pair of boots that the count of Oxford had ordered from him last month. 
The count was so pleased, he had ordered him another pair of boots, lined, for next winter and had even given Charles a coin.
Yes, the day was really beautiful.
Near the waterfall, the bootmaker decided to take a nap at the foot of a tall, majestic tree

Charles was running along the river when he saw a frog sleeping on a huge water lily.
He took a small stick and threw it at the frog.
« Argh you’re hurting me! »
Charles looked around,he could not see anyone
He took another stick and threw it at the frog again.
« Argh I tell you that you are hurting me ».

He went to see if it was not his father who was playing a trick on him. No, he was sleeping like a baby.

-« Who are you looking for ? It’s me who is talking to you, Here, on the water lily. »

– « Oh, sorry, I thought that you were a frog ».

– « My name’s Bob. I’m a frog now, but many years ago I was a handsome young man. Listen to me, I’m going to tell you my story. After you will go beneath the waterfall, you’ll recover a magic ring hanging on Edward’s neck, then you’ll come back. You will pronounce the magic formula 3 times and after, I’ll become the handsome young man I once was. If you succeed, I’ll marry Victoria and you will become knight of my kingdom.
And I’ll give you the power to transform lead in gold. »

Hearing his words, Charles was really excited. He was curious and wanted to see the transformation of lead to gold. He thought :  » Who is Edward? How can I find him? And how can I take his ring? « 

********************* NEW CHAPTER – END2*********************

As they were being teleported back to the village, Victoria underwent an incredible transformation : her voice became deeper, she developed a stylish beard and her feet grew by several sizes.

Peter was startled. He said :  » What a charming prince, you are!!! »

********************* NEW CHAPTER – END3*********************

// Brian realized that Victoria did not love Peter. He wanted to save his son. Peter was depressed and his heart was broken. Suddenly, there was a big storm. A lightning bolt struck the village and all the superpowers disappeared. Now Peter saw the situation clearly. He was not under Victoria’s spell anymore. Victoria was angry because she realized that her strategy did not work. She said, « I have lost the battle, but I will win the war. I will find a rich, powerful young man. »  For now, she decided to stay in her tower and open an antique shop and superpower museum. She gave tours of the tower to pay for the tower’s maintenance. Everyone else went back to the village to lead a normal life without magic powers. They lived happily ever after.



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