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Elementary, my dear Watson!
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Elementary, my dear Watson!


Culture : je découvre la civilisation des pays anglophones.
Parler en continu : je prends la parole pour raconter, décrire, expliquer.

Did you know?

May 22nd is the International Sherlock Holmes Day, its creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. In the original books, Sherlock Holmes lived at 221b, Baker Street, in London, but he never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”. Can you guess where it comes from?

To find out more about Sherlock Holmes, watch the video of the British Council.


Describe the pictures.

Which methods are still used today by scientific police?

Listen and find out more about Sherlock Holmes.

Make an illustrated vocabulary board to share your knowledge on forensics techniques.

Find the odd one out.


Sherlock Holmes


Look at the posters: describe and compare them.

Debate. Are the heroes “real” detectives, or not?

Can you identify with one of them? Why?

Who said what? Watson or Sherlock Holmes?

“You see but you do not observe.” → .
“I can’t afford to jeopardize my medical career.” → .
“It is my business to know what other people don’t know.” → .

How to develop Sherlock Holmes-like power

Increase your powers of observation

► Give yourself challenges that force you to slow down: observe one new thing everyday. You will notice small details in your environment and daily life. And everything that’s out of place.
► Take notes to focus your attention: write descriptions and draw pictures of what you see. The more you do this on paper, the better you’ll do it on the fly.
► Meditate daily: it will teach you how to concentrate on what’s in your head.

Power up your deduction skills

► Analyse what you see or read, and ask questions: “Why is this important?” or “Why do I want to remember it?”
► Form connections between what you see and what you know: for example, mindmaps are a great way to make connections between all the things you know.
► Increase your knowledge base: Holmes is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge.

Adapted from How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction, Thorin Klosowski, November 15th, 2012.


Read the title and anticipate: what are Sherlock’s powers?

Sum up what you understood in 3 sentences.

Develop your skills: play the alibi game.

Choose the right answer.

1. Sherlock Holmes was invented by:  (JK Rowlings / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Stephen King).
2. The books were written in the:  (1890s / 1950s / 1990s).
3. Holmes’s acolyte John Watson was:  (a lawyer / a journalist / a doctor).

Well, I solved a murder with…

Well, I solved a murder with…

You’re Sherlock Holmes.

Present the invention or new forensics technique you used to find the guilty person.

How far can you go?

A2 I can name the crime and the invention I used.
A2+ I can explain how I solved the case.
Vers B1 I can promote it for future investigations.
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