RECOMMENDATION – NEWS IN LEVELS

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Excellent website for elementary to intermediate students, with news items in three different levels. Each item includes text and audio.

There is also a SKYPE section, where you can sign up to practise your English online with students from around the world. 

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RECOMMENDED READING

SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK:

I AM MALALA

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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

NI-2 SUITABLE READING FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS

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HERE IS A LIST OF SUITABLE BOOKS FOR THIS LEVEL. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALSO PAY A VISIT TO YOUR BOOK SHOP. BUT PLEASE CHOOSE AN UNABRIDGED PUBLICATION (NOT A SIMPLIFIED BOOK).

  • Lois Lowry, Number the Stars – people from Denmark help rescue Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
  • Mildred Taylor, The Land; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle be Unbroken; The Road to Memphis – these four books tell the story of a black family in Mississippi from the time they were slaves in the 1800s until World War II.
  • Linda Sue Park – A Single Shard; When My Name Was Keoko – wonderful stories from a Korean-American writer.
  • Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks – people from an apartment building in Cleveland get to know each other when they share a community garden started by a young Vietnamese girl.
  • Karen Hesse, Letters from Rifka – a Jewish family escapes from the Ukraine after World War I; also Phoenix Rising
  • Helen Fielding,Bridget Jones Diary etc
  • Najaf Mazari and Robert HillmanThe Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif The autobiography of a Afghan refugee
  • Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller Desert Flower – autobiography of a Somalian girl, victim of genital mutilation and her fight to erradicate this practice. Waris has been a special UN Ambassador.
  • Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals or any other book by this author
  • Roald Dahl The Witches or any other book by this authorbookworm

C1 – READING…just published

dr sleepRight now, the most talked-about release is DOCTOR SLEEP, the sequel to Stephen King’s 1977 classic, THE SHINING, that answers the burning question, “Whatever happened to Danny Torrance?” Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, a now-middle-aged Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an Alcoholics Anonymous community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Then Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

lowlandTen years after the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel Jhumpa Lahiri returns with her second novel, THE LOWLAND. Two brothers born in Calcutta during World War II share a close childhood but separate from one another as adults. Subhash, the older, quieter brother, moves to the US to study marine chemistry. Udayan, the younger and more volatile, stays in India and becomes active in the Naxalite Communist movement. The circumstances that draw them apart and eventually bring their families together form the drama of THE LOWLAND. Reviewer Michael Magras calls the book “one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. To reveal the details of the plot would spoil the pleasure, but Lahiri fans shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the novel is packed with beautiful, deceptively simple sentences and perceptive observations about American life.” It’s longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

  • THE FOLLOWING LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO A GOOD WEBSITE WITH BOOK REVIEWS AND MUCH MORE…BOOKREPORTER

NB-1 READER 2 – “LONDON”

THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK YOU HAVE TO READ.

“LONDON”

(CLICK HERE FOR PDF VERSION)

YOU CAN HEAR ME READING THE BOOK HERE:

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN ENGLISH

rajoyFrom “The Independent”

The ruling People’s Party has denied that the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts going back almost two decades.

El Pais said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Mr Rajoy of €25,200 a year and regular handouts to a number of other party leaders.

The report is bound to damage further the credibility of Mr Rajoy as he battles a deep recession and one of Europe’s highest unemployment levels.

The People’s Party secretary general, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, denied the allegations and said: “We have absolutely nothing to hide.”

DON’T FORGET, YOU HAVE SOME NEWSPAPERpress

LINKS ON THE RIGHT OF THIS BLOG, SECTION 5:

CONTRAST THE NEWS:

TELEGRAPH 31st Jan 2013 HERE

THE ENGLISH VERSION OF “EL PAÍS” 1st Feb 2013 HERE

NEW YORK TIMES 1st Feb HERE

NEW YORK TIMES 2nd Feb 2013 HERE

BBC 3rd Feb 2013 HERE

READER 1 – “LAST PHOTO”

This is the first book you must read. Click on the image to open.

YOU CAN HEAR ME READING THE BOOK:

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