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Learning English

Featuring a selection of items from our Learning English (ESOL) collection.
Updated: 5/02/2020 2:19 p.m.

Items on this page include books from the Penguin Readers series which are easy reading to improve your English, speaking and listening, IELTS and general learning English resources.

 

Adults

Private book cover.

Private

by James Patterson

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : PAT

Former US Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, an international detective agency. Jack and his team of investigators use the world's most advanced forensic tools to solve cases, and they're never afraid to break the rules. When the wife of Jack's best friend is found murdered, Jack's work life gets personal. Private, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework.  

A Christmas carol book cover.

A Christmas Carol

by Charls Dickens

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : DIC

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. He is angry that people are not working. Then, he meets the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley. Can Scrooge be a good person before it is too late?  

Jane Eyre book cover.

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : BRO

Pride and prejudice book cover.

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : AUS

Elizabeth Bennet, the daughter of an English country gentleman, meets Mr Darcy, a rich man who owns land. At first, Elizabeth hates him and thinks he is proud, but slowly her feelings start to change. Can she fight her own pride and find happiness?

The Call of the wild book cover.

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : LON

In Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, strong sled dogs are in high demand. Buck is stolen from his comfortable home in California and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. Will he survive life in the wild? The Call of the Wild, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework. Sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the future tenses will and going to, present continuous for future meaning, and comparatives and superlatives.

The great gatsby book cover.

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : FIT

The thirty-nine steps book cover.

The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : BUC

Me before you book cover.

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : MOY

Lou Clark is an ordinary girl leading an ordinary life. Will Traynor's life has changed since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his desire to live. But Will doesn't count on Lou entering his world in a riot of colour and that they will each change the other for all of time. Me Before You, a Level 4 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework.

Wuthering Heights book cover.

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

Call No: LITERACY AOTEAROA : BRO

It is winter in the wild English countryside. A man caught in a snowstorm finds shelter at a remote manor called Wuthering Heights. He learns about Cathy, who lived in the house many years before, whose story is one of love, heartbreak and revenge that still haunts those in the present.Wuthering Heights, a Level 5 Reader, is B1 in the CEFR framework.

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