A GUIDE TO READING
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
Reading – and listening to – literature can support your English studies in many ways.The ideas
and opinions which you discover can give you insight into countries and cultures where English is
used every day.The language you discover while listening or reading can help enhance your own
use of English. Every year, BBC World Service broadcasts many short stories, plays and abridged
novels in English, as well as discussions about literature.This booklet is designed to show you
how you can use these programmes to increase your understanding of English literature and
to improve your own use of English language.
Using extracts from BBC World Service programmes, the booklet will help you …
improve your general understanding of literature.
• develop strategies for dealing with unfamiliar words.
recognise the sequence of events in a story or novel.
identify the narrator’s point of view.
interpret mood and atmosphere in literature.
find opportunities for speaking, based on your reading or listening.
improve your own creative writing in English.
How to use this booklet
Each page looks at a different area related to literature. On each page you’ll find …
• a short introduction which explains the topic.
• an extract from one of the BBC World Service’s literature programmes.
• a reading task to accompany the extract(s).
• key tips to help you read more effectively.
• a task to help you practise what has been explained.
BBC World Service Learning English radio
programmes are broadcast globally on different short
wave frequencies. In some places you can also listen
on long wave, medium wave or FM. Programmes are
also broadcast round the clock on the internet.
For a free programme guide giving details of exactly
when and where on your radio you can tune in to
Learning English radio programmes in your area…
Email – Send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
for an automated email response.
Log on – Log on to www.bbcworldservice.