Languages › English as a Second Language The Ant and the Dove Share Flipboard Email Print Apisit Saitananuruk / EyeEm / Getty Images English as a Second Language Resources for Teachers Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated August 14, 2019 An Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning. A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterward, a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain, the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing. Moral One good turn deserves another Key Vocabulary Words and Phrases bank of a river: the side of the river where you can standto quench your thirst: to drink when you are thirstyon the point of: just about to do somethingto drown: to die in the water because you can't swimto overhang: to be in a position over something elsetwigs: small branches usually with leaves attachedto perceive: to understandOne good turn deserves another: If someone does something to help you, you should do something to help him/her when possible. Questions/Discussion What did the Dove do for the Ant?What did the Ant do for the Dove?Vocabulary Building: Make a list of words related to these categories presented in the fable:watertreesanimalsDo you have any stories/fables in your culture that has a similar message? If so, try to tell the story or fable in English.Tell a story of when you helped someone who helped you. Explain why.