I am elated to share the third annual Language Learning Reading Challenge with you.
Starting January 2018, 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 reading 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 Books that make up the Language Reading Challenge
1 January // 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
2. February // History of the region, culture, or language that you are studying
3. March // A book written in your target language (a translation from your native language)
4. April // A book written by a language blogger (you can find books by bloggers such as Steve Kaufmann, Anthony Metivier, Kerstin Cable, Benny Lewis, Barbara Oakley, yours truly, and more)
5. May // A tutorial, recipe, or lesson in your target language (if you’re up for a bigger challenge, read an entire book on the subject)
6. June // A book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related, but it can be if you like)
7. July // Something written by someone from a country that speaks your language (book doesn’t have to be in your target language)
8. August // A book about a language, a family of languages, a writing system, or something related to linguistics
9. September // A memoir by someone who lives in a country that speaks your target language (can be from an expat who moved there or someone who is native to the country)
10. October // Try out a new coursebook (can just be the first chapter or the entire book)
11. November // A book written in your target language (originally, not a translation)
12. December // Read something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book)
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.
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.