Small Things Like These; Foster - Mondays from 24th June
Small Things Like These; Foster - Mondays from 24th June
Small Things Like These; Foster - Mondays from 24th June
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Small Things Like These; Foster - Mondays from 24th June

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Read and discuss two great novellas by award-winning Irish writer Claire Keegan

Highlights

  • Join this book club course and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 5 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Read two books and discuss one of Ireland's best contemporary writers 
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Use and improve your English in this 5 week English book club course using Claire Keegan's two short novels Small Things Like These, and Foster.  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

Small Things Like These - in 1985, in an Irish town, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, is coming into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering to the local convent, he makes a discovery which leads him to confront both his own past and the silence of a town controlled by the church.

Foster - A girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm, not knowing when she will return home.  Here she finds the warmth and comfort she is not used to. But when a secret is revealed, her perfect new existence comes under threat.  

'[Claire Keegan] creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.' Hilary Mantel

'Exquisite.' Damon Galgut

'Masterly.' The Times

'Miraculous.' Herald

'Astonishing.' Colm Tóibín

'Stunning.' Sunday Independent


Geoff says:

"Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness.  Foster is a heartbreaking, haunting story of childhood, loss and love.  Both books are touching; highly recommended"

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

The book
  • Genre: Historical fiction; Coming of age fiction
  • Language: British English
  • Suitable for: Advanced - people familiar with reading in English
  • Text: Original
  • Length: average read 50 pages a week
Dates & time
  • Mondays from 24th June-22nd July
  • 18.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU);
  • 17.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1) London, UK, Portugal
  • 19.30 CET Turkey, Greece, 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 confidently speak and debate with others
  • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
  • To eradicate errors in grammar and pronunciation 
  • To develop and extend areas of high level vocabulary
  • To be immersed in the natural patterns of English syntax
  • To gain a deeper understanding of cultural issues
  • To perfect & enhance your English through summarising
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