• Language Learning Reading Challenge 2019

    I am excited to share the fourth annual Language Learning Reading Challenge with you.

    Starting January 2019, we’ll tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a group. Please feel free to join us. You can participate by commenting on the posts here at Eurolinguiste or by joining the group on Facebook.

    As part of the challenge, we will be read books that cover everything from culture, language learning, general learning techniques, history, and more. Plus, 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. I’ve planned it this way so you can get the most learning possible out of it over this next year.

    The Materials that make up the 2019 Language Reading Challenge

    1 January // A tutorial, recipe, or lesson in your target language (if you’re up for a bigger challenge, read an entire book on the subject)
    2. February // A book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related, but it can be about language learning if you prefer)
    3. March // A book written in your target language (this can be a translation from your native language or a book originally written in your target language)
    4. April // Read something humor-related in your language to get a sense of comedy and what’s funny in your language 
    5. May // Read an introduction to your language – if you’re an advanced learner, find an article or chapter in your coursebook that explains something that you’re struggling with in particular
    6. June // History of the region, culture, or language that you are studying
    7. July // Read something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book)
    8. August // A book written by a language blogger (you can find books by bloggers such as Steve Kaufmann, Anthony MetivierKerstin Cable, Benny Lewis, Barbara Oakley, yours truly, and more)
    9. September // A book about a language, a family of languages, a writing system, or something related to linguistics
    10. October // Read a Wikipedia article in your target language
    11. November // A book written in your target language (originally, not a translation)
    12. December // Read a book about your native 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. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted. You can share in the comments or use the link below to join us on Facebook.

    2. Follow the host: Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

    3. OPTIONAL: Join us on Facebook.

    January 1, 2019 • Language Resources • Views: 792

  • Announcing the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge

    For the past few years, I’ve hosted the Language Learning Reading Challenge. It’s grown into a fun community of learners, but I wanted to take things further. 

    Reading is an incredible way to get comprehensible input, but it’s also an enjoyable way to work on your languages. 

    Through the Language Learning Reading Challenge, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of incredible language learners who also love reading. And while the monthly prompts are a great way to combine the two, I also thought the community could benefit from a more intensive version of the challenge.

    Hence the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge. 

    The 30 Day Language Reading Challenge

    So what’s the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge and how is it different from the normal challenge?

    The normal challenge is year long and each month has a theme. And while I encourage participants to read in their languages each month, it’s not required as long as the reading benefits your knowledge of the language (or it’s culture or even learning strategies) in some way.

    In the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge, only reading done in your target language counts. 

    During the 30 days, we’ll aim to rack up as much reading as we can. We’ll count pages (or words) read, keep track of new phrases and words we’re learning, what they mean, and share weekly summaries of what we’ve read – in our target languages! 

    It’s going to be a ton of fun. 

    If you’re interested in the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge, you can sign up here.

    Join the Challenge

    I hope to see you in the challenge. We’re starting September 1st, 2018. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Will there be another challenge after the one in September?

    A: Most likely, but that will depend on participation in the September challenge.

    Q: What should I read?

    A: Whatever you like. Whether it’s coursebook dialogues or crime fiction, news articles or comic books, it doesn’t matter. The goal is to get you reading in your target language every day for an entire month.

    Q: Where will the challenge take place?

    A: The challenge prompts will be sent out via email, but the conversation will take place on Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, that’s not a problem. You’ll have access to all the documentation and can still share your progress with me via email.

    Q: How do I count how much I’ve read?

    A: If reading digitally (ebooks or with LingQ), these tools can help you do this. If you’re reading a physical book, count the number of pages you read per day. If a dialogue is most of a page, it counts as one page. If it’s half or less, it counts as half a page. Any English (or native language to you) explanations do not count towards your reading if you’re working with a textbook.

    Join the Challenge

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

    August 9, 2018 • Language Resources • Views: 246