What is Right and Wrong: ESL Listening Lesson

50-minute English Lesson

In this ESL listening story, learn how one teacher helps the whole class learn a valuable lesson about right and wrong.

A thinking teacher

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Right and Wrong

Long ago, there was a special teacher. He had many students.

One student was not a nice person. Sometimes he would take things from the school and sell them in the market.

The other students didn’t like that. They told the teacher. They wanted the bad student to leave school.

The teacher did nothing and said nothing.

The following week, the bad student took more things. Some of the other students saw that. They were angry. They wrote a long letter to the teacher. They wanted him to tell the bad student to leave.

The teacher called all of the students together for a meeting.

The teacher said, “My students, you are all very smart. You know the difference between right and wrong. For that reason, I want you to leave and study at another school.”

This bad student doesn’t know what is right and what is wrong. If I don’t teach him, how will he learn what is right? This boy will stay here to learn.”

The bad student heard the teacher’s kind words. For the first time in his life, he thought someone cared about him. He started to cry. On that day, he learned how to be a good person.

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Listening level: 1
Audio file: 1:30 min
Story length: 204 words

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Understanding right and wrong

Quiz: Right or Wrong

Did you understand the story, Right or Wrong?

Let's check with a True-False quiz.

English listening lesson: Gap Fill

Listen to the story again and fill in the blanks.

Long ago, there was a _________ teacher. He had many students.

One student was not a nice person. Sometimes he would _______ _______ from the school and sell them in the _________ .

The other students didn’t _______ _______ . They told the teacher. They wanted the bad student to _________ school.

The teacher did nothing and said nothing.

The _________ week, the bad student took more things. Some of the other students saw that. They were angry. They wrote a long letter to the teacher. They wanted him _____ _________ the bad student to leave.

The teacher called all of the students together for a _________ .

The teacher said, “My students, you are all very smart. You know _________ the between right and wrong. For that reason, I want you to leave and study ______ _________ school.”

This bad student doesn’t know what is right and what is wrong. If I don’t teach him, how will he learn what is _________ ? This boy will stay here to learn.”

The bad student heard the teacher’s kind words. For the first time in his life, he thought someone _________ ______ him. He started to cry. On that day, he _________ _________ to be a good person.

ESL discussion questions

Talk about the esl story.

  1. Where does the story take place?
  2. What did the bad student do?
  3. What did the other students ask?
  4. How did the teacher respond?
  5. What was the bad student’s reaction?
  6. The title of this ESL listening story is Right and Wrong. What do you think that means?

Synonym match

MATCH THE WORD OR PHRASE ON THE LEFT WITH THE CORRECT SYNONYM.

1. special
2. take things
3. angry
4. smart
5. study at another school
a. bright
b. transfer
c. unusual
d. annoyed
e. steal

ESL listening activity: anagrams

MOVE THE LETTERS. MAKE A WORD FROM THE ESL LISTENING STORY.

  1. REMTAK
  2. LGIOLFOWN
  3. STMRA
  4. ELEVA
  5. GTHTHUO
  6. DRCAE

Writing practice

Write the five sentences. Put the words in the correct order.

  1. person / not / was / a / student / one / nice
  2. they / leave / the / bad / to / wanted / student / school
  3. called / meeting / for / a / the / together / teacher / of / students / all / the
  4. and / know / bad / this / what / what / student / wrong / is / doesn’t / is / right
  5. words / the / teacher’s / student / bad / the / heard / kind

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Reading and note taking

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  1. Scan the story.
  2. Take notes.
  3. Make a list of at least seven facts.

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2 thoughts on “What is Right and Wrong: ESL Listening Lesson”

  1. I too would like access to audio files offline because the great Firewall of China often means I cannot access the internet. How can I do this?

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