If you are strong intermediate-level student (B1+/B2-)or above, now’s the perfect time to try reading your first authentic novel. Don’t know where to start?
If you follow these tips, you can’t go wrong:
★ First, look for the genre (type) of novel that you enjoy reading in your own language. If you wouldn’t read a novel in your language, why read it in English?
★ Look for a novel with short chapters. Reading a complete chapter at a time will give you satisfaction and keep you motivated to read more.
★ Before buying, read a couple of pages and check the writing style and language. Lots of description makes comprehension more difficult, dialogue generally makes it easier.
★ When you are reading, do NOT underline every word that you don’t understand. You will get demotivated very quickly.
★ Underline and check the meaning of new words and structures that you see again and again and want to remember.
★ Focus on specific areas of the language e.g. underlining phrasal verbs, collocations with MAKE.
★ Use a good English dictionary. I recommend the Cambridge Learner dictionary because it gives you useful definitions and examples.
★ If you are having problems choosing a novel or are not sure if one is suitable, ask me. I will be happy to help you!