English as a Second Language (ESOL) Lesson: Cooks – & Little Peter

Learn English as a Second Language (ESOL) with Study Coach. Morel at Study Coach is here to help you with Learning English. You will find an Audio clip and text, to help you acquire new vocabulary. In this English Language Lesson, you can pause the audio and practise your pronunciation skills. You will also find questions to answer based on the text presented. See if you can answer the questions.   

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“Lucy and Jane are fond of playing at cooks, and seem very busy this morning. Lucy is standing on a stool stirring something in a pot, and Jane is watching the cups on the little stove. I hope the children will not burn themselves, nor make a mess on the floor, or mama will be very cross.”


  1. Lucy and Jane are playing at Cooks, see if you can think of a different word for ‘Cooks’ beginning with the letter ‘C’
  2. Find a different word for ‘stove’ beginning with the letter ‘C’
  3. Find a different word for ‘cross’ beginning with the letter ‘A’ 


Laura looks very grave this morning, and no wonder, for she has broken a tea cup


  1. Find another word for ‘grave’ to describe how Laura is looking, the new word should begin with the letter ‘W’ 
  2. Find a different meaning for the word ‘grave’  


“Edward is a good kind brother, for, though he has his own lessons to learn, he is holding the thread for his sister Kate, whom he is very fond of, and tries to please as much as he can.”


1) What do you think Kate is doing with the ‘thread’? 


Activity 1

Fast Asleep

“The sun has been up long ago, but little Peter is still asleep, with his toy train by his side. We will not wake him, for he went to bed last night very tired. He had been out all day playing in the garden, and seemed quite glad when it was time for him to go to bed, so we will let him sleep a little longer. This will do him more good just now than being out in the hot sun.

  • Why is Peter still asleep?
  • What is the meaning of: ‘this will do him more good’ 

Activity 2

“If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.”

  • Describe ‘acquaintances’ 
  • Describe friendship 
  • Distinguish an acquaintance from friend
  • What is the statement saying? 
  • What is the meaning of ‘constant repair’? 

Activity 3

The gypsies turned without saying a word, they rode away as if for their lives. Those who were unmounted jumped upon the wagon and shouted to the horse-men not to desert them. The wolves, which had withdrawn to a safe distance, followed in their wake, leaving us alone.  

  • What is the meaning of: ‘unmounted’ 
  • What is the meaning of: ’not to desert them’
  • Describe ‘wolves’

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