Breathing in literature

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee wrote: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
And often enough, kids don’t know how vital stories are, even for them, and how much life would lose its meaning without great storytellers.

Reading is life, therefore, and for life to be about reading, you only have to stumble upon the right stories and a teacher who knows how to make you appreciate them.
The CATchy English videos are intended to assist you with this complex challenge, by recounting for example, how David Copperfield tackles his childhood’s “highs and lows”, or by showing an amusing video call in which the King is advised that his son is pretending to be penniless – in a contemporary take of The Prince and the Pauper.

The Reading and Listening activities that accompany the videos, then help us utilise these beautiful stories to strengthen the English language.

So, to live can signify to be afraid, to be a “wuss”, as the clip of The Turn of the Screw teaches us, but in Far from the Madding Crowd, we also learn the meaning of “to stand on your own two feet, as well as the value of feeling aware and resilient.

And life, just like literature, is not without love. That’s why we thought of giving you a full Lesson Plan about Valentine’s Day, to help kids practice the language, by showing them that love and learning are concepts that are much closer than they think.


“The Prince and the Pauper” (A2)
“David Copperfield” (A2/B1)
“Far from the Madding Crowd” (B2.1)
“The Turn of the Screw” (B2.1)

“Valentine’s Day”- Lesson Plan
“Valentine’s Day” – Lesson Plan – Worksheet

“David Copperfield” – Listening – Audio Track (A2/B1)
“David Copperfield” – Listening – Activity (A2/B1)
“David Copperfield” – Listening – Activity –  Answer Keys (A2/B1)
“The Turn of the Screw” – Listening – Audio Track (B2.1)
“The Turn of the Screw” – Listening – Activity – (B2.1)
“The Turn of the Screw” – Listening –  Activity – Answer Keys (B2.1)
“The Prince and the Pauper” – Reading Activity (A2)
“The Prince and the Pauper” – Reading Activity – Answer Keys (A2)
“Far From the Madding Crowd” – Reading Activity – (B1.2)
“Far from the Madding Crowd” – Reading Activity – Answer Keys – (B1.2)

More Themes and Free Teaching Materials

Listen… words are speaking!
Pages and experiences never end
Every page is a place where to stay
A voyage through short stories
Fairies, spells and other worlds
Being a detective through the pages
Are you ready for the restart?
Let's meet and protect Planet Earth!
Travel is a State of Mind
The most wonderful language to learn
Stories that Live On and On
All the World’s a Stage: Take It from the Bard!
What's your name?
Love is in the pages
Fantasy, magic and legends