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Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy DiamondWe decided to run our World Book Night on Friday 29 April so we could maximise the attendance of our Next Level learners although officially World Book Night is 23 April.

This year we were giving out copies of Lucy Diamond’s Baby at the Beach Cafe which is one of the 2016 Quick Reads based around the main character Evie who has inherited a cafe from her aunt in Cornwall (in a previous Lucy Diamond novel called The Beach Cafe)and is now expecting a baby and needs a maternity leave stand in to cover her absence. Her husband finds Helen who has escaped from the stresses of city life. But unfortunately the two women do not get on.

As a result all of activities and display were around the beach themes. Our LRC Assistant Debbie selected poems with a sea theme to inspire the Next Level learners and other attendees from Pre Access, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Preparation for Work, Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Sciences and Access to Higher Education: Health and Human Sciences to write their own poems. Our LRC Facilitator Philippa made a beach-themed banner and we had a games table going so the participants could go around the tables:

  • making their own sunglasses
  • doing a word search
  • putting sections from three different stories together  from a Quick Read and graded readers (Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and Clare West, Tinker’s Island by Stephen Rabley and Michael Salter and A Sea Change by Veronica Henry)
  • working out which photo of a beach taken from Britannica ImageQuest matched the pins on a world map
  • identifying famous beaches from around the United Kingdom on an interactive map of the British Isles.

Debbie also made a lucky dip sand box with free prizes.

The refreshments followed the beach theme with popcorn,  savoury fish-shaped snacks and ice pops!

Many thanks to the students from Next Level and the tutors who gave us feedback requesting more events like this during the year! Read more about our activities and what our students thought on our Sway.

 

Snowy Winter Road in a Forest (Hanacek)This time of year the decorations and festivities brighten the coming of the longest night. It feels merrily bleak. Oxymoronic perhaps, but you may agree. A good time to cosy up with a book or poem that in the summer just wouldn’t have the same effect. An atmospheric poem set in the winter that is very famous is ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening‘ by Robert Frost. The repetition of the last line is particularly spooky. Is the narrator just standing there being seduced by the snow or are they continuing on their journey? This article on the The Paris Review blog points out how unusual it is for a poem to be famous in a time when poetry is often thought of as old-fashioned and out-of-touch. What do you think? Are poems just for English class?

If you like poems, you might like to try Carol Ann Duffy or Cynthia Antoinette Roomes. Over the holidays you can also browse the Scottish Poetry Library’s online collection by the ‘Winter’ tag.

 

 

Book shelvesAgain this year we’re running the Six Book Challenge at Hillcroft College. The Six Book Challenge is a Reading Agency initiative that encourages adults to get reading. The idea is you read 6 items which you must complete by 28 June 2013. You log the material you read in a diary and rate the items you read. The 6 items need not be books! You can read:

  • poems
  • newspaper articles
  • recipes
  • book reviews
  • letters in magazines
  • information leaflets

to name but a few!

Once you’ve read your six items we put you in a national prize draw to win a trip to London with a friend which includes hotel accommodation, expenses and theatre tickets. There are also ebook reader prizes too.

If you’ve recently joined our Get Confident in English and English as Second or Other Language (ESOL) Preparation for Life courses you may have already signed up for the Challenge. If you’d like to borrow books from us we’ve got a number of Quick Reads and graded readers.

When you’re on course at Hillcroft if we don’t catch up with you while you’re on your course, do drop into the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) so we can update your diary. If you have any questions about what counts to the six just ask us or drop us an email  lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk .

If you’re stuck trying to find a book to read for the Challenge take a look at the Find a Read website for ideas.

 Our students are all busily completing the Six Book  Challenge.

It’s the first year that we have offered it to students. One of the things that students ask us is what counts as one of the six books. The Reading Agency’s website explains that it’s not just books that count – you could use poems, articles from magazines or newspapers.

Last week one of our students asked about positive affirmations that she was using as part of one of her courses. These can count too.

Find a Read on the Reading Agency’s website will help you find material by genre and at a level to suit you. It also suggests magazines and newspapers to read – as well as audio material and ebooks.

 


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