Brooklyn - Wednesdays from 8th May

Brooklyn - Wednesdays from 8th May

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Read and discuss this lovely romance, telling the story of a woman torn between love and duty, between Ireland and America 


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 6 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Read & discuss this charming story of home, of migration to America, of life changing decisions 
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 6 week English book club course using Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín.  Each week you read some chapters, discuss them in class and improve specific areas of vocabulary or grammar while also examining literary aspects of the novel.  Personalised feedback improves your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Book Club book

This is a lovely, quiet sort of book about a small town girl getting a chance to change her life.  Ireland in the early 1950s is difficult, and for Eilis Lacey, as for other Irish girls, opportunities are limited. So when she gets a chance to emigrate to New York, she has to go.

This is a story of love and of duty.  It's a powerful portrait of a woman making decisions that will shape her whole life, told in a simple, elegant style.   

With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork ― Sunday Times

The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time -- Zoë Heller ― Guardian, Books of the Year

Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted ... a novel of magnificent accomplishment -- Peter Kemp ― Sunday Times, Novel of the Year

Geoff says:

"Colm Tóibín is one of the great Irish modern writers.  Brooklyn, set in Colm Tóibín's home town, was the winner of the Costa Novel Award, and has been made into a much loved film starring Saoirse Ronan - but as usual the book is better!"

Only 8 places available.  Click Add to Cart to reserve your place.

The book
  • Genre: Historical fiction; romance
  • Language: Irish English; Modern
  • Suitable for: people new to reading in English - Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
  • Text: Original
  • Length: Average - 78,338 words/50 pages a week
Dates & time
  • Wednesdays from 8th May-12th June
  • 18.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU)
  • 17.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1) London, UK, Portugal
  • 19.30 Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
  • 12.30 EDT Boston/New York
    Age 18+
    Online class size Maximum 8 participants, on Zoom, using break-out rooms for increased speaking and discussion
    What you learn
    • To express your ideas clearly, concisely & accurately
    • To improve specific areas of grammar and vocabulary
    • To stop making repeated errors and mistakes  
    • To summarise arguments, highlighting significant points
    • To develop discussions with related comments & feedback
    • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
    • To socialise fluently and spontaneously 
    Your teacher
    • Geoff Hardy-Gould, BSc, MBA, CTEFLA, DTEFLA. 
    • Over 20 years' experience of UK language schools. 
    • Speaker at:  2024 IATEFL Conference; 2023 IATEFL TechLit! Exploring crossovers between technology and literature; 2022 Extensive Reading Foundation; 2021 TESOL Italia