This weekend I received a text message from my student that made my day – he was asking for book recommendations in English so he can practice his reading and expand vocabulary.
Of course as a teacher I must recommend books that may appeal to the student’s language level and interests. Classics? Fiction? Nonfiction? And within each of those three categories we can find a plethora of material to choose from.
Reading 30 minutes or more every day
Language level: comfortable but also a little difficult (challenging but not discouraging)
medium: whether digital (electronic) or paper – immaterial. But one advantage of the e-book is the easy access to a dictionary (which can also be distracting if the reader stops at every line)
Some of my reading recommendations: (no necessary order just as they popped up in my mind)
Here are some of my suggestions:
1. Tangerine by Edward Bloor- a young man learning to adapt to a new environment and go against the crowd.
2. Whirligig by Paul Fleischman- a young man coming of age on a healing pilgrimage from Washington State to California, Florida, and Maine, describing the many lives set into new motion –
Adults: – Fiction
1. Animal Farm – George Orwell – a perennial good read where all animals are equal but some are more equal
2. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – impossible imagine a world without books or freedom of the press?
Adults – Nonfiction
1. Hunger of Memory – The education of Richard Rodriguez
2. Stones in schools – Promoting peace with education in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
1. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
3. The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens’s funniest novel