Language Reading Challenge 2016 Culture & History / Language Resources

Hello dear friends! I am excited to announce that this next year, I will be hosting a language reading challenge along with a few awesome language bloggers.

Starting January 2016, we’ll tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a linkup. Please feel free to join us.

As part of the challenge, the books cover everything from culture, language learning, general learning techniques, history, and we’ll be reading both in our native languages and target languages.

If you’re at a more advanced level in your target language, feel free to read any or all of the books (not just the ones indicated as target language only) in the language that you’re learning. If you’re still just getting started, that’s okay, too! You can read along in your native language, discovering more about the cultures and histories tied to the language(s) that you’re learning, opting for lower level or graded readers for books in your target language.

Please note that you don’t have to pick just one language for this challenge. If you’re learning multiple languages, feel free to mix and match. The challenge is pretty flexible, we’ve planned it this way so you can get the most learning possible out of it over this next year.

The Books that make up the Language Reading Challenge

1. Book about the culture of the area you’re studying (I personally plan on reading the Culture Smart! books for Russian, Korea and Serbia this month).
2. Book in your target language (translation of a book from your native language)
3. Travel book or travelogue related to region that uses the language you’re studying 
4. A book about language (not a language textbook)
5. A coursebook/lesson book (chance to finish up one you’ve been working one or work through one)
6. A book written by a language blogger
7. History of the region
8. History of the language
9. Book in your target language (originally written in your target language)
10. A book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related, but it can be if you like)
11. A book set in the country of your target language (can be fiction or nonfiction)
12. A comic book in your target language

A Few Notes Regarding the Challenge:

The challenge doesn’t have to focus on one language, if you are studying multiple languages (or have an interest in languages you’re not studying), feel free to go for books in or about those languages.

You are absolutely welcome to read books of any level. Graded readers, children’s books, academic books or any other genre are acceptable for the challenges that require you to read in your target language(s).

You do not need to participate every month to be a part of this challenge. You can choose the months that align with your interests.

If you do not complete the book you take up in any one month of the challenge, that’s okay! You can still join in the conversation and share some of what you’ve learnt from the sections of the book you were able to get through.

Language Reading Challenge Linkup Rules:

1. Share your post discussing the book that you’ve read this month in the comments below. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

3. Follow the host: Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who commented immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.



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