Narrative | classroom-ready

Footie, as people had called him since he could remember (the guy loves the game), didn’t know he had it in him when, by pure stroke of luck (or rather bad luck) he started the journey through the dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The trip hadn’t been carefully planned or thought through. It just … sort of … happened to him.

He got in the water and, to his own surprise, just found himself starting in an unknown direction, further and further from the shore he’d known all his life.

Having set off with no destination in mind, when days later – after his share of adventures – he was finally washed up on an unknown land, he might have heaved a sigh of relief or two, for that matter. That was quite a journey! But he survived in good nick. He lucked out.

And when Arthur was passing by, on his regular beach stroll, he instantly recognised Footie, who managed to remain in good shape, almost intact, definitely not worse for wear. It was enough to take one good look at him and you just knew who he was and where he was coming from.

Moved by Footie’s story and all the hardship he had to endure, Arthur promised to help him reunite with his folk.

People say that not everybody you lose is a loss.

It’s definitely not the case of Footie, who is now on his way to where he belongs, with all his friends looking forward to the reunion, as they have lost all hope of seeing him ever again. There might even be a footie-themed party to celebrate all of them getting back together.

Story behind the story:

Source text for the classroom: Click here 


B2, C1, C2

Juicy language bits:

  • to survive something in good nick
  • to wash up
  • to reunite … with …
  • reunion
  • it stuck in my mind
  • to belong somewhere
  • to remain intact
  • to have something in you
  • to luck out
  • stroke of luck
  • to heave a sigh of relief
  • hardship
  • worse for wear


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