ESL Bookclub

Do you love reading?

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What is a bookclub?

A bookclub is a group of people who read the same book and then discuss questions about the book. They also give their opinion on what they liked and what they didn't like about the book.

Why join the ESL Elf bookclub?

It is a fun and exciting way to practise and improve all four language skills

You will need to prepare answers for the worksheet you will receive before the bookclub meeting.  When you are reading, you should write down anything you are curious about or don’t understand.  If there is an idiom or other vocabulary that you don’t know, write it down and we will discuss it and see if anyone else in the class understands it.

You will need to listen closely to the other bookclub participants.  This is the perfect way to practise your listening skills as you will hear other students talking with a variety of accents. Did you know 70% of conversations in English are between non-native speakers? Therefore it is very important to hear a wide range of accents when learning English.

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You will have more confidence to speak as you will have prepared answers to the worksheet.  You will find it easier to join the discussion once you have prepared answers and had time to think about what you want to say.

Last but not least you will need to read the book.  Reading is a proven method of increasing your vocabulary and comprehension.

Classes will cost $10 per discussion. Discussions will be held once per week. Each book will require one discussion per week for 4 to 6 weeks.

Please choose a book from the list below. If you would like to choose a different book (not on the list below) contact me and I will contact other students and see if they are also interested in the book you prefer.

Below is a list of books to choose from


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
After the death of her parents, a young girl is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion in England. She is lonely and has no friends. One day she learns of a secret garden that no one is allowed to enter. Then magic leads her to the hidden door that reveals a world she could never have imagined. A digital copy can be read and listened to here.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This classic story is about a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world alive with unusual creatures. A digital copy can be read and listened to here.

Dot the Kangaroo by Ethel C Pedley
Written in 1899, about a little girl named Dot who gets lost in the Australian outback and makes friends with a kangaroo and several other Australian animals. A digital copy can be read here a talking book can be listened to here.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Published in 1947, this story is about a Mexican pearl diver, whose name is Kino. The book explores the nature of men, including the characteristics of greed and evil. A digital copy can be read here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
This novel is set in a future society where a young boy named Jonas lives in a perfect world. But when Jonas is selected to be the "Receiver of Memory" he starts to see the problems in his society. A digital copy can be read here.

The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
This book is about the life and death of a man named Eddie. In a heroic attempt to save a little girl from being killed by an amusement park ride, Eddie is killed and sent to heaven, where he encounters five people whose actions affected him while he was alive. It was published in 2003 and remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 95 weeks. A digital copy can be read here.


The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
A true story written by a University Professor who has cancer. The book provides advice on how to achieve your childhood dreams.

Do you have any questions?

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