5 English Books For Beginner Learners Of English
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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R. R. Martin
Reading has numerous benefits, we know this. Reading helps reduce stress, improves memory and concentration, and can even slow down mental disorders like Alzheimer’s. When it comes to language, reading increases your vocabulary, and improves your writing, too. So what easy English books for Beginner learners of English can we recommend to our students to encourage their reading?
Benefits of reading for Beginner learners
Why should we encourage our Beginner learners to read books in English?
Reading exposes our learners to vocabulary and grammar. Importantly for Beginner learners, reading introduces the reader to language chunks. This helps the brain to recognise and produce those same language chunks in the appropriate situations. Learning language chunks is easier than learning individual words and structures and thinking how to put them together.
Read more: Using Phonics To Teach Reading
Top tips for reading English books with Beginner learners
But before we start talking about books, let’s look at a few tips for reading English books for Beginner learners.
- With Young Learners, you can introduce books even before they can read. Essentially, you use storytelling and reading aloud to teach Young Learners – just as you would in a first language classroom.
Read more: Teaching Young Learners Using Storytime
- Older learners must be able to read before introducing books. It does not matter what level of English they are, but they must already have a concept of letter-sound correspondences and letter identification.
- Just because an English book is Beginner level doesn’t mean that it has to be a children’s book. Children’s books are fantastic resources for Beginner learners but so are easy English books and graded readers.
- Graded readers can be used during your lessons, but with older learners, the books can be taken to be read at home. Your lessons can then focus on language, discussion and follow-on activities related to the books.
What is a graded reader?
A graded reader is a book written specially for language learners. It is usually a well-known novel or story, but it is rewritten using simpler language and grammatical structures. It can also be a story written purposely for English language learners. It includes pictures, as well as a glossary of difficult vocabulary. It is usually shorter than most books.
Publishers like Macmillan and Oxford University Press have graded readers which cover a range of topics. They have readers for Beginner learners up to Advanced learners.
- With Beginner learners, it is useful to read English books they are familiar with in their first language. Fairytales, classic novels, and books with a film equivalent are all good sources for Beginner English learners.
- Rather than reading aloud in class, use audiobooks and let the students read (silently) along with it. Or encourage your students to listen to the audiobooks at home. This will help with their pronunciation – individual sounds, sound-spelling correspondences, rhythm and intonation.
- Reading should be challenging but not impossible. Choose English books for Beginner learners that are slightly above their level, but not so high that they give up on the first page. They shouldn’t know every word, but they shouldn’t have to look up every word either.
- Use context and cultural clues where necessary. The students must focus on the meaning of the story first. Make sure they understand any cultural references before they begin reading to make the story easier to understand.
- Once the general meaning and plot of the story is familiar, then time can be spent focussing on the nitty gritty of the language.
- Alternatively, if you want to encourage extensive reading, let the students read books in English themselves in their free time, without any focus on the language. Hopefully your learners will grow to enjoy reading English books, which will do wonders for their language learning.
Read more: Activities For Reading Lessons
English Books For Beginner Learners Of English
Now let’s get down to business. What are some of the best English books for Beginner learners?
Here are our top picks for English books for Beginner learners of English:
- The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Expury
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
- How To Train Your Dragon -Cressida Cowell
- Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
- Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
The Little Prince
Originally written in French, this short story follows a little prince’s journey from an asteroid to Earth.
The book became a publishing phenomenon, with over 200 million copies sold worldwide, and 300 official translations.
With short, simple sentences, an intriguing storyline and a short story, this English book is always a hit with Beginner English learners.
How To Train Your Dragon
You might be familiar with this story in its movie form, but it was originally a series of novels.
The storyline follows a young viking boy as he goes on adventures with his dragon. Full of action, humour, and amazing illustrations, the books have been hailed as a modern classic.
Aimed at young adults, it’s a great series to get your Beginner English students involved in.
Matilda is the story of a young girl with some very special talents. The story follows her life with her family who mistreat her, her headmistress who hates children, and her favourite teacher Miss Honey.
The larger-than-life characters, hilarious storyline, and incredible illustrations by the acclaimed Quentin Blake are all good reasons to introduce your Beginner learners to Roald Dahl.
To be fair, any of Roald Dahl’s books are appropriate for our learners because they are all equally amazing. Our favourites include George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, and The Witches.
The books are aimed at young readers which makes them accessible for language learners, but they suit stronger Beginner learners. The majority of his books have been made into films, and most of them can be found as graded readers.
On the surface, Charlotte’s Web is the story of a girl, a pig and a spider, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, love, life, and death.
It’s available as an audiobook on Youtube and in 2006 it was made into a film starring Julia Roberts and Dakota Fanning.
The Harry Potter series is a favourite for readers of all ages all around the world. It’s a 7-part fantasy series about a young wizard and his adventures through school with his friends.
Written for young readers, J.K. Rowling uses simple language vocabulary to tell the story. There are plenty of learning and teaching activities related to Harry Potter online – and you can watch the movies too!
The best thing about Harry Potter is that your learners are likely to be very familiar with the storyline and characters. They may even have read the books in their first language. This makes the reading experience a lot easier.
These are just five English books suitable for Beginner English learners. Remember, when using authentic texts in the EFL classroom, if the text seems too difficult, it may be necessary to scaffold the lesson more to help your students. Assess the levels of your students to decide which books will be best for them to read in English.
But before you go, if you teach higher levels then you should also check this out: 5 English Novels For Intermediate Learners
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ELEARNING FUTURES LTD retains personal information in line with our corporate retention requirements. Your data will be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). However, in some circumstances, part or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using our site and submitting information to us. If we do store or transfer data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage with, and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. If we intend at any time to transfer any of your data outside the EEA, we will always obtain your consent beforehand.
Right to access personal information
- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.