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    Book recommendation for speaking and listening

    Can you advise please?


    I have two private, male students, both 20 years old.


    I have assessed them at the intermediate level.


    As part of their speaking and listening lesson plan I want to work through a story.


    Can anyone recommend an English (UK English) book for us to read and work through, one that is relatively modern but avoiding common slang and idioms? We tried The Thirty Nine Steps by John Bucan, an excellent story, but the level of English, sentence construction were too advanced, also many words were outdated. We then tried Treasure Island by R.L.S., and that too had outdated, archaic words.


    Help, what can someone recommend ?


    Thanks...

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    Re: Book recommendation for speaking and listening

    I suggest a collection of modern short stories, such as Jeffery Archer's Cat O' Nine Tales.

    There'll be some slang in the dialogue, but you can explain that as you go along. You won't find any book that 'avoids idioms'. They're part of the language.

    It's available here for free download, along with many others. (Click on the underlined link.)

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    Re: Book recommendation for speaking and listening

    Great, thank you !

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    Re: Book recommendation for speaking and listening

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question. It saves everybody's time.



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