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    A book to read

    Having taught two semesters at this college now and with the academic year coming to an end we're naturally looking to the new academic year.

    One thing that is foremost on most teachers' minds is vocubulary and, to my mind, the only way to expand your academy is, quite simply, to read books (something, apparently, Thais just don't do).

    I'm thinking, next year, of introducing compulsory book reading with exercises linked to the course structure. Problem is, what book?

    I need a novel with relatively easy language needs but enough challenge to stretch them a bit with new vocabulary and language usage.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.

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    Hmm, thanks SP but these are Uni students at intermediate to advanced level (or at least they're supposed to be).


    It seems that Thais will read comics until they come out of their ears, but not one I've spoken to has ever held a book and read it. I've spoken to some of the Thai staff here and they agree that it is a Thai trait - quite simply, they don't read books.

    Which is the reason I want to introduce this activity into next year's syllabus.

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    I did a google search for high school readers and got this list from Amazon.com.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/lis...Fencoding=UTF8
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Ulysses by James Joyce

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    Endgame and Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett

    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    1984 by George Orwell

    Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

    Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Candide : Or Optimism by Voltaire

    Macbeth by William Shakespeare

    On the Road by Jack Kerouac

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Dubliners by James Joyce

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
    This guy has a list of 50 books he recommends for high schools.
    http://www.eskimo.com/~graham/50books.html
    Genre Fiction
    Fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (alt. The Lord of the Rings)
    Graphic Novel: Alan Moore and David Gibbons, Watchmen
    Horror: Stephen King, The Shining
    Mystery: P.D. James, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
    Romance: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, It Had to be You
    Science Fiction: Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep
    Western: Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage

    Old Dead White Men
    Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
    Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet
    Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal

    19th Century British
    Jane Austen, Emma
    Charlotte, Bronte, Jane Eyre
    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
    Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
    Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
    William Makepease Thackeray, Vanity Fair

    19th Century American
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
    Nathaniel Hawthornre, The Scarlet Letter
    Henry James, Wings of the Dove
    Herman Melville, Billy Budd
    Edgar Allen Poe, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque
    Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper
    Early 20th Century British
    Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
    Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
    George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
    Evelyn Waugh, A Handful of Dust
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

    Early 20th Century American
    Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
    Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
    Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
    Modern
    Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22
    Toni Morrison, Sula
    George Orwell, Animal Farm
    Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
    Ursula K. Leguin, The Left Hand of Darkness
    Graham Swift, Last Orders
    Muril Spark, Girls of Slender Means
    Other Voices
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
    Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
    Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
    Louis Erdrich, Love Medicine
    Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World
    V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
    Other
    Norton Anthology of Poetry
    Best American Short Stories of the 20th Century
    Film Accompaniment
    Genre
    Fantasy: The Princess Bride
    Graphic Novel: Batman (1989)
    Horror: Jaws
    Mystery: Rear Window
    Romance: The Shop Around the Corner
    Science Fiction: Blade Runner
    Western: High Noon (alt. Red River)

    Old Dead White Guys
    Castaway (2000)
    Barry Lyndon
    Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli)
    Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh/Thompson)
    19th Century Britain
    Sense and Sensibility (1995)

    19th Century American
    Last of the Mohicans
    Washington Square
    Other Voices:
    The Gods Must be Crazy
    Remains of the Day
    Smoke Signals
    Pre-WWII British
    My Fair Lady
    Orlando
    Heart of Darkness
    Brideshead Revisited
    Contemporary
    Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead
    M*A*S*H
    Some of his are book adaptations of movies which may help them comprehend the plot better.
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    Wow, thanks for that - enough to ruminate over.

    I'll just have to wait now until the new librarian starts work and see which we can offer. I've been told that Amazon doesn't deal in Thailand, which is a problem.

    (Unless anyone else knows different)

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    Welshman,

    You don't say at what language level your students currently enjoy. I was reading through the suggested lists and feel that lots of them would be too dense for most of the Thai uni students I've encountered.

    Try something that isn't too heavy, but leads itself to lots of discussion, like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" or maybe Steve Martin's "Shopgirl". Conversely you could choose a selection of short stories as the topic could change periodically to keep students engaged with a variety of material.

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    Thanks, and I agree with you on that (which is one reason I thought I'd better stay clear of earlier works, such as Shakespeare).

    Jonathan Livingstone is a good suggestion. I also like Umbuku's suggestion that possible a book based on a film (Batman, Jaws etc).

    Possibly Animal Farm and The Hobbit too (I think that was the first book my son read when he was around 8 years old).

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    http://www.gutenberg.net/
    Tons of downloadable novels, short stories, and poems here. Happy hunting.

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    I agree, drop the Shakespeare and some of the classic older English novels. Some of the contemporary and modern ones would be a good choice like Lord of the Flies or Fahrenheit 451. Not too long and plenty of comprehension material.

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    I remember reading the Armistead Maupin "Tales of the City" series. First two books were adapted for film, and the later books were written with film in mind. Very easy reads, well defined characters and amusing too.

    I have the DVD's here if you ever wanted copies.
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    Many thanks to all you posters. I tried the Gutenburg site and, incredibly, found that on searching it came up zilch with some of the more obvious ones (Tolkien, Orwell).

    I managed to get a download of Animal Farm just by bunging 'download animal farm' into Google. The Hobbit is proving more tricky as there's a computer game by that name so nearly all the links are game based.

    Thanks Chang, will take you up on that. Also, when these damned exams are over and I'm back to a 'normal' week (with sat and sun off) I'll certainly PM you and aging one for the singha/chang whatever get-together.

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    The Hobbit is proving more tricky as there's a computer game by that name so nearly all the links are game based.
    The Tolkien family hold the copyright for J.R.R.'s work and guard it very closely. I have 'The Lord of the Rings' in PDF and I think 'The Hobbit' but I would have to double check back at home to be sure.

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    I would suggest R. L. Stine novels for Thais of many levels. I'm not talking of the "Goosebump" series, but those aren't bad either. I'd suggest the ones just above that, like "The Dead Girlfriend" "The Attic" "Beach House" and the like. These are semi ghost, horror, suspense, mystery novels at Junior High to High School reading level. The reason I suggest these books for any level is that there is still great vocab in them and they are the kinds of stories Thais like. They love a good ghost story. These books are comtemporary and use modern language and move at a good pace to keep readers interested. I think I have seven or eight in our library.

    Also, the CS Lewis series is good for high school and uni levels and the second book in the series was made into a movie recently, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Thais like reading books they've also seen made into movies.

    Harry Potter books, well maybe a little difficult for junior high and early high school but OK for real uni level students. My M2s thought it way too difficult this year, but they were begging to read it so I let them.

    I found classics that I like problematic for Thais. Some of the language is out dated and the stories don't grip them like they do a native speaker. I want to try Animal Farm with my M4s next year.

    EB White books are great, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little...

    We'll see how it goes.
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    Yes I do have the Hobbit in PDF 360k size, plain text.
    I also have The Lord of the Rings including the Hobbit, much better quality copy but it's 13Mb in size.
    If you want either or both PM me your email and I'll send it to you. I'll have to send the LOTR tomorrow as I'm on dial up at home, ADSL at work.

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    harry potter, the first one, worked pretty well for me, it's not too hard, and the first one is of a managable length. You can also do lots of good activities with it. PM me if you want specifics (I'd be happy to send you some worksheets i made)

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