Books for Learning English
Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun Language Hub in Crieff, Scotland.
Books – a cause for celebration!
At Blue Noun, books are an integral part of our language guest’s immersion English experience.
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.
English learning guests enjoying an exhibition catalogue at Blue Noun Language Hub.
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).
Are You Sitting Reading Comfortably?
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.
I Thought My Father Was God
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.“
Books for English Learners | Non-Fiction
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
Fiction from the Blue Noun Language Hub book library
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.
The Blue Noun Language Hub Reading Area, 2020
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!
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.
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).