10 Libros para leer en inglés. Nivel B2

¿Te estas preparando para el certificado B2 (FCE)?, si es así este listado de recomendaciones te servirá de gran utilidad y te ayudará a mejorar tu vocabulario, grammar y writing. Este listado de 10 libros en inglés para nivel B2 podría haber sido más extenso, hay muchos más libros que te podría recomendar pero he preferido dejarlo para otro post.

Este es el listado que suelo recomendar a mis alumnos de First (B2) en la academia Let’s Talk en Valencia, mis favoritos los he puesto en las primeras posiciones, espero que disfrutes de estos títulos y mejores tu inglés.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

Autor: Mark Haddon

Libro muy recomendable por su originalidad, al ser narrado por un joven de 15 años, el vocabulario no es demasiado complicado, perfecto para un nivel b2 sin dejar de ser una historia muy interesante para jóvenes y adultos.

 

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.”

 

 

A Long Way Down

Autor: Nick Hornby

Es uno de los libros más entretenidos de este famoso autor. Recomendaría este libro en particular porque es la historia de varias personas que viven una situación en común y todos ellos hablan de situaciones cotidianas por lo que es muy útil para aprender inglés y el lector se puede sentir identificado.

 

“Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.
In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality…“

 

 

The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories

Autor: Roald Dahl

Famoso por libros para niños como Matilda o Charlie y la Fábrica de Chocolate, para mi Dahl es uno de los mejores escritores de relatos cortos para adultos. Sea cual sea el género que te guste, en esta pequeña lista de libros de R. Dahl encontrarás algo que te llame la atención.

 

“A collection of thirteen short stories written by British author Roald Dahl. The stories were selected for teenagers from Dahl’s adult works. All the stories included were published elsewhere originally; their sources are noted below. The stories, with the exception of the war story “Katina”, possess a deadpanironic, bizarre, or even macabre sense of humor. They generally end with unexpected plot twists.”

 

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

Autor: Roald Dahl

 

 

“Roald Dahl brings to life stories of everyday country folk and their strange passions.  Whether it is taking a troublesome cow to be mated  with a prime bull, dealing with a rat-infested hayrick, learning the ways and means of maggot farming, or describing the fine art of poaching pheasants using nothing but raisins and sleeping pills.”

Kiss, Kiss

Autor: Roald Dahl

 

 

“A collection of short stories for adults, Kiss Kiss serves up the unexpected. Eleven disturbing, sinister tales from the master of the twist in the tale. These classic tales from Roald Dahl, explore desire, deceit and the macabre with shocking results.”

Over to You

Autor: Roald Dahl

 

 

“It brings together 10 of Roald Dahl’s earliest stories, many of them set during the Second World War and drawing on his own experiences as a fighter pilot. It includes his first paid piece of writing, the short story A Piece of Cake, which was originally published in 1942 in American magazine The Saturday Evening Post under the title Shot Down Over Libya. “

 

 

 

 

Animal Farm

Autor: George Orwell. “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”

Después de la sobredosis de títulos de Roal Dahl, seguimos con G. Orwell. ¡No te puedes perder este clásico!. Historia de una revolución que no salió como se esperaba, una sátira brillante sobre cómo la fuerza de corrupción del poder. Es un libro corto, entretenido y muy sarcástico. Sin duda una de las obras maestras de la historia de la literatura. Si te ha gustado gusta este, no te puedes perder “1984”, del mismo autor, ambos libros perfectamente asequibles para un nivel B2.

“Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges. . .”

 

 

GRADED READERS (Oxford Bookworms)

Para terminar con la lista de lecturas recomendadas en inglés para nivel B2, aquí van algunas recomendaciones de “readers”, perfectos para estudiantes de B2 porque están adaptados al nivel B2 y puedes descargar el audio y así mejorar tu pronunciación de forma considerable a la vez que  amplias tu vocabulario. Existe una amplia colección de la editorial Oxford, algunos de mis preferidos que puedes encontrar en la librería inglesa especializada de Let’s Talk English Centre son:

Thirty nine steps (level 4)

I turned on the light, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the corner that made my blood turn cold. Scudder was lying on his back. There was a long knife through his heart, pinning him to the floor.’ Soon Richard Hannay is running for his life across the hills of Scotland. The police are chasing him for a murder he did not do, and another, more dangerous enemy is chasing him as well – the mysterious ‘Black Stone’. Who are these people? And why do they want Hannay dead?

 

The Great Gatsby (level 5)

Gatsby’s mansion on Long Island blazes with light, and the beautiful, the wealthy, and the famous drive out from New York to drink Gatsby’s champagne and to party all night long. But Jay Gatsby, the owner of all this wealth, wants only one thing – to find again the woman of his dreams, the woman he has held in his heart and his memory for five long years. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, is one of the great American novels of the twentieth century. It captures perfectly the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and goes deep into the hollow heart of the American Dream

 

This Rough Magic (level 5)

The Greek island of Corfu lies like a jewel, green and gold, in the Ionian sea, where dolphins swim in the sparkling blue water. What better place for an out-ofwork actress to relax for a few weeks? But the island is full of danger and mysteries, and Lucy Waring’s holiday is far from peaceful. She meets a rude young man, who seems to have something to hide. Then there is a death by drowning, and then another…

 

 

 

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“The Last Wish”

Nuestro alumno del curso de inglés comunicativo Javier Llorens ha recomendado este libro “The Last Wish” y ha redactado una sinopsis, ¡Buen trabajo Javier!:

 

The Last Wish By Adrzej Sapkowski.

lastwishThis is a fantasy book divided into several short tales with the same character, Geralt of Rivia, a witcher and a mutant who earns his living like a monster slayer. With his two swords, one of silver for monsters and the other of steel for humans, he roams the world, slaying monsters, finding new friends and perhaps even love…

Cynical, ironical, talkative and dotted of a biting wit he is always wandering the marvelous land in which he lives, killing all kind of monsters for coin, but not only that, for in his travels he will face schemes, men who are worse than monsters and the pursue of his last wish.

I think everyone with a taste for fantasy stories will enjoy this book because it’s very imaginative, deep and emotional, also is very easy to read. There are many tense moments but also very funny and deep ones making a diverse story. But most of all, this novel is impressive for how the things are not black or white, but grey, just like in real life.

P.S. If you want to know which his last wish is, you must read the book 😉

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Cómo mejorar la pronunciación a través de la lecturas con audio

Para aquellos interesados en reforzar tanto vocabulario como compresión oral os recomiendo una lectura graduada adaptada a vuestro nivel. Realizar una primera lectura sin escuchar el audio, para así poder centraros en la trama y el vocabulario nuevo.

Tras esta primera lectura, os recomiendo una segunda lectura escuchando el audio al mismo tiempo, de esta forma podéis asociar la pronunciación que oís a la forma escrita. Aunque no parezca algo muy importante, es un ejercicio fundamental para mejorar la comprensión auditiva, ya que muchas veces los alumnos reconocen perfectamente el significado y uso de una palabra al verla en un texto pero desconocen por completo su correcta pronunciación y por lo tanto les resulta muy difícil comprender un diálogo oral.

El primer paso para pronunciar correctamente es establecer la conexión entre la forma oral y la escrita. Por último os recomiendo realizar una tercera lectura, escuchando el audio y leyendo en voz alta el texto. De esta forma incluimos el ejercicio de expresión oral prestando atención a la correcta pronunciación y entonación. Este último ejercicio se puede repetir tantas veces como se desee.cathat

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My Favourite Christmas Books

Here is a list of some of my favourite Christmas Books…

 

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

THE NUTCRACKER
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.velveteen

THE SNOWMAN
Illustrated in full color, this is a wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow.” A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.

THE SNOW QUEEN
The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda’s search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–is brought to life in delicate and evocative illustrations.

OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS
Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays?

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Meet Jack Skellington. He’s in charge of making Halloweenland the coolest creepy place around. But when Jack suddenly grows bored with tricks and treats, he goes searching for new ways to celebrate…and he finds them in Christmas Town! Christmas, Jack decides, is just what Halloweenland — and the world — needs!

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s book by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

THE POLAR EXPRESS
As the story starts off, a young boy, who used to adore Christmas, hears a train whistle roar. To his astonishment, he finds the train is waiting for him. He sees a conductor who then proceeds to look up at his window. He runs downstairs and goes outside. The conductor explains the train is called the Polar Express, and is journeying to the North Pole. The boy then boards the train, which is filled with chocolate and candy, as well as many other children in their pajamas.

 

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Lucy Cousins to the Rescue! Stories for “StoryTime”

maisySmall children, especially when hearing a story in a language that they are not too familiar with (as could be with English) focus most of their attention on illustration.  I have found that children need catchy illustration to keep their attention.  Younger children (0-5) love bright colors and simple illustratons that they can relate to.  Maisy the Mouse is the most popular character created by Lucy Cousins (who has a BA Honours in Graphic Design and a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art).

If you are looking for stories for your classroom or for your own children I would suggest using any of the Maisy books, Hooray for Fish or Jazzy in the Jungle.

To help teachers create their own lesson plans using these books the editorial Walker Books has developed several FREE useful links to support these title.  Check out:  http://www.walker.co.uk/grown-ups/activities-for-home-and-school.aspx   

HAPPY STORYTIME!

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