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This is an adapted telling of Elmer by David McKee, especially for EFL and ESL learners. The text is simplified and includes repetition of phrases and vocabulary. Telling the story in this way facilitates the acquisition of useful language while retaining the enjoyment of the original.

In this version of Elmer, we have highlighted colour and description language. There is also more animal and greeting language than in the original.

Watch the video and see the script below for a simpified storytelling of Elmer. If you’re a teacher, don’t forget to share with families too so that the kids get more exposure to useful language outside the classroom.

Story script

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Download this FREE storytelling script to take away and enjoy this simplified version of Elmer.

For our top tips on adapting other stories you want to use in class, take a look at our article on How to adapt stories for teaching English. For practical ideas for teaching English with stories, see our article on How to use stories in the EFL/ESL classroom.

Find more Elmer resources, including worksheets, crafts, games and related story and song videos on our dedicated Elmer page.

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