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Books for Learning English

Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun Language Hub in Crieff, Scotland.

Today, for World Book Day, Blue Noun English Language School are going to show you some of our books for learning English.
 
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Books – a cause for celebration!

It’s World Book Day today, I’ve got my daughter off to school dressed up as her favourite book character, and I’m now thinking about World Book Day in relation to our language school.
 

At Blue Noun, books are an integral part of our language guest’s immersion English experience.

 

We teach mostly through conversation, but the written word is our trusty backup.

Of course, we need our preferred dedicated language books to check grammatical oddities (the last one was the rules for when to say ‘eldest and when to use oldest’).

 

However, more importantly, we also need a vast array of books in our reading

library. All our language guests can help themselves to these books, and come read within our space by day, evening and weekend.

 

We have non-fiction books on most subjects, but particularly Travel, Scotland, Art, Design, Fashion, Ecology, Business/Management and Autobiographies. We have huge numbers of fiction books for learning English too, and a burgeoning collection of work by contemporary Scottish authors.

 

It’s all part of our hub vibe. We love sharing books, culture and conversation.
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English learning guests enjoying an exhibition catalogue at Blue Noun Language Hub.

A creative film-sketch of Blue Noun’s non-fiction book collection with overlaid sound collage. Made for World Book Day. Credit: Blue Noun.

A creative film-sketch of Blue Noun’s fiction book collection with overlaid sound collage. Made for World Book Day. Credit: Blue Noun.

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It’s Personal

Our fiction books are chosen to include some English literature classics, to showcase some Scottish authors who we admire and to provide a range of accessible but interesting and entertaining stories – which even includes young person’s fiction (these too can be great stories, but have reliably simpler language).

 

We love matching a good book to an English language learner, and if we don’t already have it, we’ll buy it for them.
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Instagram post from former student Annalisa

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Are You Sitting Reading Comfortably?

If you are learning a language, reading is a wonderful way to keep improving your vocabulary, grammar and comfort within a language.

Chose a book which you would find addictive in your own language – for this reason, lots of people chose J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter, as you just want to keep reading – it’s ‘a page-turner’.

While some people plow through it with a dictionary, conjugating every verb as they go, others (my camp) just try to forget that they are reading something ‘other’ and sink into the story.

If the book is matched at the right level, it is amazing how quickly you surrender completely to the new experience.

I often recommend books within the ‘chick-lit‘ category too. Not only do they have great storylines (in a boy meets girl kind of way), they are packed with typical conversational language, everyday terminology and contemporary cultural references.

 
We’ve all got books which have changed our lives, and it’s hard not to try to share them. For example, one of my favourite teaching book is:
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I Thought My Father Was God

I Thought My Father Was God, a NPR Story Project compiled by Paul Auster.
 

This is an anthology of true-life stories, written by Americans answering an NPR short story project request. They are mostly short, vivid narratives that give very complete glimpses of a fragment of peoples lives – times of passion, grief, heartbreak or wonder.

Perhaps I like it so much because I lived in America for three years, but reading this book is to realise that physical travel is only one way to discover a country and its people: a book like this can get you into places (and minds) you would never ordinarily find.

Each story is short, sweet and thought-provoking: perfect for including into  English class, then discussing.

All our language guests can help themselves to these books, and come read within our space by day, evening and weekend.

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Books for English Learners | Non-Fiction

Here are some gems from our non-fiction reading library. They are each very specialist interest, but for the right person, a fabulous find. We try to have something for everyone on our shelves.
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Non-fiction from the Blue Noun Language Hub book library.

I often recommend books within the ‘chick-lit‘ category too. Not only do they have great storylines (in a boy meets girl kind of way), they are packed with typical conversational language, everyday terminology and contemporary cultural references.

Books for English Learners | Fiction

Language learners may help themselves to our fiction library. There may be some unexpected things in it, such as the complete series of Andy Stanton’s ‘Mr Gum‘ books. (These are there because they are hilarious and great read out loud). We have numerous copies of Mark Haddon‘s, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It is by far our most recommended book for English learners – because of its fairly simple language narrating a story of powerful human interest with a fairly classic much-loved murder mystery (who dun it) format.
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Fiction from the Blue Noun Language Hub book library

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Curl Up With a Book!

So far, most of our language learners have been book lovers.

 

We have a reading area at Blue Noun Language Hub with comfy sofas and chairs. Because our language guests are welcome to hang out in our space from 7 am to 10 pm, it’s a great place to spend time, enjoy a coffee (or a whisky) with your nose in a book. 

We mostly work with English learners from creative industries, so our library is quite full of interesting art books.  We are always keen to match our clients’ interests (and personalities) with new ways of learning, so books really feature a lot on our courses. 
 
Live language learning!
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The Blue Noun Language Hub Reading Area, 2020

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swift in flight Logie Kirk by Blue Noun English language school

At Blue Noun we love chatting about all things art and celebrate having excellent, talented people all around us to do it with. We facilitate real cultural and creative exchanges happening, whether it’s in our language learning space – the Blue Noun Hub – or out and about visiting studios and workshops.

We also love showing off the beauty of Perthshire and the food and craft produce that is making it world-famous. Our whisky tastings are legendary!

Our business is also intended to be of benefit to the artist/maker economy of Perthshire. We bring our international creative guests into studios for a genuine exchange of cultures and art-making. Yes it’s an English lesson, but it is so much more!  (Plus we pay all our artists and guest speakers for their time)

Come and join us for an English language learning holiday and grab a taste of Perthshire! 

Find out more about Paul Auster’s anthology here.

 

 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed us sharing our love of books with you.

You might like to glance at some Scottish poetry – and pick up some tips for English learners while you’re at it.

3 Tips for English learners in Scotland | Learn English and Scottish Culture

 

Your English Language Challenge

 

Tell us about how you consume books. Where do you buy them? When do you read them? How do you choose them? How do you read them? What are the taboos? What would you never do? 

Lend and borrow are often confused by English language learners. Remember lend (give) & borrow (receive).

Use lend and borrow in your answer

 

How do you read yours?

As usual, if you want us to correct any sentences, just write CP (correct please at the end of your comment).

How do you read yours?