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Level: simple intermediate
Theme : Cartoon
Target readers : teenagers, adult learners

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An original cartoon in simple English


MacBrain and MacBrawn, our friends from Scotland.....  Cartoon 5.

Our heroes live in a small town somewhere near Glasgow, in Scotland. MacBrain teaches maths in a high school, and MacBrawn...  well it's never been quite clear what he does, but he is one of the non-teaching staff in the same high school. The two share a house, and will go on doing so until - one day perhaps - MacBrain finds the lady of his life....

© Moira Spence and

More adventures:  Cartoon 1 - a Fiona McBelle . Cartoon 2 - the walk. Cartoon 3 the Sales  Cartoon 4 - Wishful thinking  Cartoon 6 - Another dinner date.   And more to come.....

Teachers' notes

Using story cartoons in class.

Cartoons like this make excellent supports for creative language work.
The most simple classroom activity is to have students describe the story in their own words; this can be done either as an individual task, as group work, or as oral work in class.
Language point with this cartoon :   point out the use of modal verbs of possibility, which appear several times, in the affirmative, the negative, and the interrogative.