The Live Language Online Book Club!
Do you like reading for pleasure, either in your language or in English? What kind of books do you like to read?
If you like reading, did you know that this is one of the very best things you can do to improve your overall level of English? Reading for pleasure (extensive reading) has many benefits for you when you are learning a language. In addition to increasing your reading speed and skills, did you know that reading helps you to increase your vocabulary, develop better writing skills, and to increase your grammatical accuracy? It’s also really good for increasing your general knowledge!
Reading can be done anywhere and at any time. You may prefer hard copy ‘real’ books, or maybe you like e-books and the convenience of reading online. You can do it when you’re travelling to school or work or when you’re at home. I find that once you start reading, it’s difficult to stop! Do you feel like that too?
We usually think of reading as something that you do on your own, but did you know that it can be very motivating and a lot of fun to join with other people and to share what you are reading with them?
Some students find that they are easily distracted, by things like social media, or other people, when they are reading. Other people find that it is very difficult to select a book that is suitable for their level of English and their interests. Some students don’t know where to look for a good book, and others lose motivation very quickly and become bored.
If these problems sound familiar to you, you should try coming along to the Live Language online book club. The book club meets every Thursday for one hour, and we read and share our ideas about what we are reading. It’s really motivating and a lot of fun because we choose a book that we would all like to read and then read one chapter every week. There are also lots of useful tasks that we complete at home every week. At the meetings, we share what we have read and do interactive activities, such as mind maps, online games and book reviews.
We use a really good e-reader website, and this has books at all levels for us to choose. There is also a choice of genres. This is a really great way to build up your knowledge of literature in English and to learn about the most famous authors. We have discussed genres such as: biography and autobiography, science fiction, detective stories, historical fiction, romance and horror. We have just finished reading a detective novel by Agatha Christie.
As well as being great for developing your reading skills, the book club is a lively social event. Our members come from all over the world, and there are lots of opportunities for everyone to get to know each other and to interact in a relaxed atmosphere that is very different from a traditional class.
If you think that the online book club is something that might interest you, why don’t you try it out? You can find out more information here English Courses and Clubs
Good luck with reading in English. Remember to read a little every day!