"A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place." - Jeanette Winterson
In an earlier post we have looked at using graded readers to improve writing skills. This time we will connect reading with another fundamental language skill: speaking. We write stories, we read stories, we listen to stories, and then we tell stories.
You might wonder how and when you can integrate Extensive Reading sessions into your English syllabus. You already have to follow a curriculum, you probably have a course book to complete, and exams to get ready for.
To celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday on May 22nd we have a Detective Special with: A focus on Sherlock Holmes and Classical Detective Stories An interview with Richard MacAndrew, the author of Dan and the Missing Dogs.
One of the best qualities of the classics is that we can always rely on them. As we keep reading and rereading them at different ages, they always give us something new and we experience their universal appeal.
Henry James, who was born in New York City on 15 April in 1843, is in the great group of British authors who can be considered 'outsiders' arriving from various cultural and national backgrounds into the British literary scene.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland never ceases to amaze us and it is definitely a story which is suitable for readers of all ages. In our first Alice in Wonderland lesson we looked at the history of the story, and the theme of eating and drinking.
How do you illustrate a famous classic? What are the first steps you take in this exciting process? We talked to Simone Manfrini, the illustrator of our new classic reader, The Age of Innocence written by Edith Wharton.
“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it.
A new school term has just begun bringing with its meetings, lots of planning and great expectations. How do you feel about the new term? Do you have any special plans? Are there new resources, approaches, or ideas you would like to try?