Readers are an important element in any language programme, as they help students broaden their horizons and understand the cultures of other countries and other periods in history. Through reading literature, students become familiar with other points of view and develop their skills of critical thinking and appraisal because they have to consider a book carefully and form their own opinions of it by discussing its strengths and weaknesses. Students become personally involved in the lives of the characters and, for a short time, inhabit a world that is completely different from that of their everyday lives. In this way, they focus on the meanings behind the English language and not merely on its structure (vocabulary, grammar, etc).
The Express Publishing Classic Readers series is designed for use at home as well as in class. It can therefore be used alongside any programme, regardless of the time available in the school timetable.
If you decide to use this reader in class, the suggestions in this Teacher's Book will help you with your lesson plans. The activities are optional and can be used in class or given as homework. If you decide to use this reader for holiday study, you can ask the students to read the book and listen to the recording and do a selection of the activities at home. Later, you can check their answers in class and discuss the main points of the story, eliciting their views on the plot and the characters.