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Real Reads: An Introduction to Literature (Second Edition)

by Simon Bibby, Mari Ota, and Wendy Jones Nakanishi

A4; 118pp

This completely revised and updated edition of Real Reads offers a friendly and accessible introduction to English literature. Aimed primarily at university undergraduates, the book is also ideal reading and study material for high school and mature students. The authentic, unedited texts include fables, poems, and short stories by such well-known authors as Oscar Wilde, WH Auden, Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, and DH Lawrence, among others. Real Reads is arranged thematically, with the clear goal of appealing to all.

Each text is prefaced by a Before Reading section, to connect the themes with studentsユ own lives and help with any difficult language. A summary of the text is also provided, plus an author biography. In After Reading, students are invited to form their own opinions of the texts and share these with peers. Pair work and discussion tasks are integral to Real Reads - it is not just "reading!"

Considerable support is provided to allow weaker students to get the most from the book. Exercises aid comprehension, plus a full bilingual glossary is provided. Each of the twelve chapters contains a Literary Point plus a Learning About Literature section, in which key literary concepts and terminology are explained. Japanese translations of summaries, author biographies, Literary Points and Learn About Literature sections are all provided at the back of the book.

A free Teacher's Manual is available including explanations of how to use this textbook, answers to all the exercises, a sample syllabus, supplementary information and photocopiable test materials. (Please contact the Publisher or distributor to receive your copy.) Free audio downloads of all the texts being read aloud will also be available shortly.

Use this book for:

  • University English literature / reading classes
  • Reading component of skills classes
  • High school English classes
  • Self-study reading
  • Language school discussion materials



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