The Joy Luck Club - Tuesdays from 11th April
The Joy Luck Club - Tuesdays from 11th April
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The Joy Luck Club - Tuesdays from 11th April

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Read and discuss this modern story of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 4 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • Study this modern novel to understand modern day life in the US
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 4 week upper-intermediate course using Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club.  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

The Joy Luck Club is Amy Tan’s moving story of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters.  In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. With new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Will their daughters with their modern American lives listen to their advice?  "Honest, moving and beautifully courageous - Alice Walker

Geoff says:

"This book shines a light on the experience of immigrants and second generations in America.  The book is a powerful representation of the dreams of many for better lives and for making your way in a society which sees you as an outsider.  We read an adapted version of the novel, which is shorter and easier to read. If you wish you could read the original text  - note that it is much longer and with much more complicated vocabulary and structures."

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

The Books

  • Genre: Historical fiction 
  • Language: American English
  • Suitable for people new to reading in English                - from Upper-Intermediate upwards 
  • Text: Graded (original text is possible)
  • Graded length: short - 26,000 words 
  • Original length: average - 105,248 words 

Dates & Time

  • Tuesdays from 11th April to 2nd May 
  • 17.30 CET (Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome & most EU)
  • 16.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1) London, UK, Portugal
  • 18.30 Greece, Ukraine
  • 18.30 Turkey, Saudi Arabia 
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: TESOL Italia 2021; Extensive Reading Foundation 2022; IATEFL Conference 2023