The Case of the Missing Ring is a reading and listening series for English language learners of high-intermediate to advanced levels. Detective Bossley, a celebrity detective, has been hired by a rich widow named Cynthia. A ring has been stolen from Hummingbird Manor, and the detective must find the ring before the widow’s granddaughter, Emma, can get married.
Each episode contains an interview with the detective and one suspect. Learning materials include vocabulary previews, gap-fill texts, audio MP3 files, comprehension questions, discussion questions, and extension activities. The series was originally published in 11 instalments, (including an intro and 10 lessons,) and is now available in full to be taught as a course in itself, or as a regular weekly lesson. Optional quizzes are available after every few lessons.
Recap: A brief summary of the previous episode.
Fact File: Notes about the detective's investigation that are partially filled in. Students must fill in the missing parts.
Pre-Reading Vocabulary: Words and expressions to learn, with a blank section for students to write notes and examples.
Fill-in-the-Blank Dialogue: The broken transcript of a conversation between the detective and one of his suspects.
Audio File of the Dialogue: MP3 format
Vocabulary Review Activities: A variety of written and oral exercises to promote vocabulary acquisition.
Comprehension Questions: Questions to check understanding of the plot and characters.
Prediction Assignment: Questions to discuss (or as a homework assignment).
Reading: Each episode includes a recap of the previous episode as well as one dialogue between the detective and a suspect. Detective Tips and other info boxes offer additional reading opportunities.
Listening: Each episode includes one MP3 file featuring the interview between the detective and one of the suspects. Learners can utilise it by completing a gap-fill exercise during class or at home.
Learning New Vocabulary: Each episode introduces about ten new words or phrases. Most of the highlighted vocabulary is idiomatic words and expressions used in everyday conversation. These words and phrases are tested and reviewed throughout the series.
Predicting: Throughout the series, learners will be encouraged to make various predictions about the characters and plot, including guessing who stole the ring and thinking about character motives.
Discussion: In each lesson, learners will be invited to discuss their thoughts about the story and the characters. There will be opportunities to do this in writing as well as orally.