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What can I read? What can you recommend me? Can I read a "normal" book?

Students ask me these questions very often. My answer? Well, you can read a book, magazines, online articles, etc. Everything is good if it helps you to practice your Spanish!

 I recommend topics you enjoy, like and are interested in, so that it is more easy, enjoyable and you don't quit too soon. Because, quitting reading happens quite fast when a student gets bored with a topic.

If you have A1 - B1 level (begginer - pre-intermediate), then graded books, are the best for you. They are texts adapted to the different learning levels.  At the end of this article you have some graded books that I have used in my classes.

Regular books are preferable if you already have a B1 (intermediate) level or higher. And, what kind of topic? Anything you like and enjoy would be perfect. You have to have fun with it!

Libros de "Lola Lago" que he estado usando.
Libros de "Lola Lago" que he estado usando.

 GRADED READING - LECTURAS GRADUADAS

  What are they? Why are they helpful?

These kind of books are adapted to a specific level and have extra sections that usually include vocabulary with explanations, exercises to practice and many have a CD to listen to the text. They are very practical books to learn and practice. The advantage: They won't be too difficult (they are adapted) and they also help you practice your listening comprehension. They are really good, mostly for beginners and pre-intermediate students and perfect to practice your reading and listening at home. I usually choose graded books to work with beginners and pre-intermediate learners as, in my experience, they produce good results. These books I describe next are book series I have worked with and, in general, students were positive about them. You can use them in class if you are a teacher or for practising on your own at home if you are a student.

✎  Este tipo de lecturas están adaptadas al nivel y disponen de apartados extra aparte del texto. Suelen traer vocabulario explicado, ejercicios para practicar y muchas llevan un CD para escuchar el texto. Esto hace que sean textos muy prácticos para aprender. La ventaja de estos libros es que no serán nunca demasiado difíciles y, además, te ayudan con la comprensión auditiva. Son perfectos, sobre todo para estudiantes de niveles iniciales y pre-intermedios y para practicar la lectura y la escucha en casa. Generalmente uso libros de este tipo con estudiantes principiantes y de pre-intermedio, ya que, en mi experiencia, ofrecen buenos resultados. Aquí te hablo sobre algunas series de libros con los que he trabajado y que, en general, los estudiantes encontraron bien. Se pueden trabajar en clase si eres profesor o como práctica en casa. si eres estudiante.

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Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

What graded books can you read?

There are tons of books to choose from. If you check on any book shop you will find lots of book series with different topics. They are all adapted to the level. Simply, choose the topic you like the most and try one! Here I am presenting only just some book series I have used in class and that I know students liked them.

 

LOLA LAGO - (editorial Difusión) Detective stories. Levels: A1-B1, beginners to intermediate.

Lola Lago solves interesting and exciting cases. The books include a CD and comprehension exercises. They also include lexical and cultural information. They are divided into three levels and are color coded (see photo). The blue books are for beginners (A1), the red ones for beginners - pre-intermediate students (A2), the lilac ones for intermediate -pre-intermediate levels (A2-B1) and the green ones for intermediate level (B1).

✎  Esta serie son historias de detectives. Lola Lago resuelve misterios interesantes y emocionantes. Los libros vienen con un CD y con ejercicios de comprensión. Además incluyen notas léxicas y sobre la cultura. Están divididos en tres niveles que se distinguen por el color del libro (ver en la foto). Los libros azules son para nivel principiante (A1), los rojos para principiante-preintermedio (A2), los lilas para nivel preintermedio-intermedio (A2-B1) y los verdes para intemedio (B1).




UN DÍA EN... Un día, una ciudad, una historia - (editorial Difusión) Amusing stories to discover more about some Spanish and South American cities. Levels: A1, beginners.

These books are very interesting. Why? Well, they are short stories that take place in cities in Spain, but they also include very interesting cultural information. They include a visual dictionary (photos) and information about the gastronomy and the culture. They can encourage students to look for more information about the cities on their own. Furthermore, it has activities and glossaries in other languages (English, German, French and Dutch).

✎  Historias divertidas para conocer distintas ciudades españolas y de Sudamérica. Estos libros son muy entretenidos. ¿La razón? Son historias cortas pero tienen lugar en ciudades conocidas de España pero también incluyen información cultural interesante. Incluyen un diccionario visual (fotos) e información sobre gastronomía y cultura. Estos libros pueden animar a  los alumnos a buscar más información por su cuenta sobre las ciudades. Además, tiene actividades y glosarios en otros idiomas (inglés, alemán, francés y neerlandés).




GRANDES PERSONAJES - (editorial Difusión) Biographies. Levels: A2-B1, pre-intermediate - intermediate.

These books are  biographies of well-known figures from the Spanish-speaking space. They are interesting especially for those students who are interested in art and literature. They come with photographs, glossaries (also multilingual) and with CD or mp3 to download. 

✎  Biografías de algunos de los personajes más conocidos de la cultura hispanohablante. Nivel: A2-B1.

Estos libros son interesantes sobre todo para aquellos alumnos que están interesados en el arte y la literatura. Vienen con fotografías, glosarios (también multilingüe) y con CD o mp3 para descargar.