Today’s post is all about ideas for book clubs at B1 level. I’m a huge fan of reading and speaking, so the getting my English students involved in a book club really excites me. I’ve been running these book clubs for 6 months now so I thought I’d share some of the books and questions I’ve been using so you can set up your own book club.
The benefits of a book club and get your students involved in reading are numerous and I’ve talked about them more here. Needless to say, over the past 6 months, I’ve seen huge improvements in test scores in the majority of the book club members who attend.
The book club which I run is divided into levels. I think this is a great way for each student to work at or just above the level that they’re at, meaning they don’t end up feeling like it’s all too much.
This week, let’s take a look at the B1 book club.
The first book we read was A Puzzle For Logan by Richard MacAndrew, which is a level 3 Cambridge English reader. We read it over the course of 3 months so that everyone would have time to read it and think about the questions. Each book club session was 1 hour long, allowing everyone time to speak.
Here are the questions I came up with for each month:
Month 1 (having read chapters 1 to 3)
- . In chapter 1, why did the police tell the newspapers and radio about the crime?
- What is the link between Ronnie and Morag?
- Chapter 2 talks about Ronnie and Craig’s past. Why did they become criminals?
- Why is it difficult to be a police woman?
- What does Jimmy Brown mean when he says “it’s the pigs”? Who is he talking about?
- What does “main man” mean
- How did Jimmy get the evening newspaper?
Month 2 (having read chapters 4 to 7)
- . Did Jean have the correct attitude with her brother?
- What do you think is the relationship between Bags Baxter and Craig?
- How important are scientists in criminal investigations?
- What’s your impression of Robert Baxter?
- The title of Chapter 7 is ‘A Good Reason To Kill’. Do you think there is ever a good reason to kill someone?
- Do you believe Ronnie? Is he innocent?
Month 3 (having read from chapter 8 to the end)
- In chapter 8, why does Jimmy feel the police will treat him badly?
- In chapter 8, who was in the car with Morag?
- Why can’t Logan use what Angus said?
- Who was the killer?
- What did you like and dislike about the book?
In conclusion, it was a really great book to start with as it had a bit of everything, meaning no one was bored or turned off by the book itself. You could, of course, read the book in one sitting and do all the questions together in 1 month, but I believe this made it more manageable for everyone to keep on track.
Right now we’re on with another book altogether and I’ll post more about it when we’ve finished.