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Detective Series: The Case of the Missing Ring English course


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Finn Jones

Speak English

From United Kingdom

has taught 387 sessions.

大家好! 我是Finn,來自英國,我在台灣擁有教師資格,目前定居於美國。 我是一位英語母語者,會流利的普通話。我有一口“標準”英國口音(接收發音),但必要時我也可以降低。 我在實體教室教ESL約6年,有3年的線上教學經驗。我相信在全英語環境中的結構學習是一種方式。 除了紮實的課程,我也想在課程中介紹文化、歷史背景、西方幽默和時事。畢竟這些元素被低估了,但這關乎語言的理解。與我一起學習英語就像在海外旅行! 讓我們輕鬆學習,事半功倍。 如果你尋求實際的互動或客制化課...

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Information of the Courses

  • Language Levels

    Intermediate 2 - Advanced 1

    Can give a clear, prepared presentation.

  • What Will I Learn?

    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..


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.

Lesson Breakdown
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.

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

  • All materials are provided by instructor. Students have the option of preview upon request.

Who is your target student?

  • English language learners of high-intermediate to advanced levels.

At the end of your course, students will be able to…

  • Be able to utilise the new vocabulary
  • Be able to express point of views fluently
  • Improve general language skills
  • Have better understanding of grammar and western culture


  • Lesson 1: Detective Bossley interviews Ralph Hummingbird. Grammar: recognising word forms

  • Lesson 2: Detective Bossley interviews Lila Hummingbird. Grammar: tag questions

  • Lesson 3: Detective Bossley interviews Oliver Hummingbird. Grammar: lowercase VS capital letters

  • Lesson 4: Detective Bossley interviews Martin, the gardener. Grammar: abbreviations

  • Lesson 5: Detective Bossley interviews Maria, the housekeeper.

  • Lesson 6: Detective Bossley interviews Paul, the fiancé.

  • Lesson 7: Detective Bossley interviews James, the chef.

  • Lesson 8: Detective Bossley interviews Cynthia, the widow.

  • Lesson 9: Detective Bossley interviews Emma, the bride-to-be (Part 1).

  • Lesson 10: Detective Bossley interviews Emma, the bride-to-be (Part 2).

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  • The duration of a trial session is about 25 minutes.
  • The duration of a private session is about 50 minutes.


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