Article: Marianne Rabang | Topic: English novels
English Novels for Improving English (Intermediate Level)
Let’s admit it. Language books can be very exhausting to look at. What’s more, they contain a fixed set of patterns and expressions which can be too uptight at times. Though not a bad thing, intermediate level students and learners need another way to level up their skills.
A good way is to expose themselves to works made by real writers. Get your pen and paper ready. You might fill a new notebook with useful words and expressions. For teachers, students, and English language learners, check our recommendations:
1. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
Revolving around the story of farm animals planning a revolution, this socio-political novel will show you an interesting perspective on reality. Animal Farm uses less complex plot and vocabulary compared to Orwell’s 1984. Get ready to acquire new words related to the society and social movement.
English skills: advanced vocabulary, compound and complex sentences, descriptive narrative, first-person point of view
2. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
This certified classic is perfect for all ages. The Little Prince is a good choice for those who prefer light-hearted novels. What’s more, illustrations can be found here and there and will give you a more personal look at the Little Prince’s life. Prepare yourself for direct English speech and honest remarks about adulthood.
English skills: satire, humor, compound and complex sentences, dialogues and discourse
3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
How about a thriller/gothic genre this time? Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is a good start. Immerse yourself in a different world and witness how a man struggles to resolve his inner conflicts. Moreover, this piece of literature is filled with descriptive narratives. Put your dictionary near your bedside table in just in case.
English skills: high-level descriptive narrative, advanced vocabulary, compound and complex sentences
4. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Need some positivity in your life? This is a good read for everyone. Both male and female English learners will learn to appreciate simple moments in life. Remember when you used to feel magic when you were young? It’s time to feel it again. This work uses abstract concepts and words that tickle the imagination.
English skills: descriptive narrative, interjections and common expressions, compound and complex sentences
5. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Finally, since the season of sharing is almost up ahead, we recommend Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Get to know Scrooge’s story and re-evaluate your own life. Have you been doing good? Or is it the contrary? In any case, this work will give you some expressions you can use in daily life.
English skills: daily expressions, descriptive narrative, advanced vocabulary, compound and complex sentences
Alright! That’s our first five English novels. Give them a try and tell us what you think. Look forward the next 5 recommendations. Happy reading, everyone!
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