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#worldbooknight; ESOL students borrow books from asphaleia's mini-library

What was the last book you read? If you can't remember, then tonight's event is for you... World Book Night!

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).

World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. From:

Even in the age of technology, you can’t beat a good book, as asphaleia students have been finding out.

reading books in ESOL

Following on from World Book Week, students on the On Track ESOL course were encouraged to borrow a book from the mini-library at the asphaleia learning centre in Worthing. This resource was set up with the help of donations from a charity called Book-Cycle.

Beginner English students also studied key words and phrases related to books. They were guided to explore a beginner’s reading book and give their opinion on it.

Many students have had to become more comfortable with accessing learning resources online during the pandemic. This book-reading activity showed there is still something special about engaging with a book in your hands. As well as reading being an important tool for increasing their vocabulary.

While students wait for Worthing’s newly-improved main library and information hub to open this summer, asphaleia’s mini-library is proving a handy resource.

how can you get involved?

Read a book during the Reading Hour at 7-8pm tonight! Share what you’re reading on social media using #ReadingHour and #WorldBookNight to join the online celebration! Find out more here.


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