Learners at Community Education who never usually read for pleasure have been enthused about reading after being part of the national initiative, Six Book Challenge.
The Six Book Challenge is a project run by The Reading Agency encouraging less confident readers to develop a reading habit and improve their skills at the same time. Participants are invited to pick six books of their choice, complete a reading diary and share their opinions and experiences of reading. Over 30,000 people take part each year through libraries, colleges, adult education and workplaces.
Lewisham Librarian Ralph Winkler worked with Community Education Lewisham tutor, Peter Rowley to set up a reading group with his English literacy class. All the participants completed the Challenge, learners speak now of their enjoyment of reading and pleasure at sharing books with each other.
Arthur ‘ I was surprised to find that I could read because I never read before. I enjoy reading war stories and enjoyed Andy Mc Nab’s book. I am more likely to continue reading now because of the class’.
Tarsha: ‘ I used the library before but since the reading group started I have been using it more. I will definitely continue reading in the future so that I can build my vocabulary’.
Ochuko: ‘I enjoyed reading as part of a group. I have to concentrate on understanding the books because we discuss the books afterwards. Both Peter and Ralph have encouraged us a lot’.
Frances: ‘I didn’t read before. I started reading when the group started. My favourite book was The Dare by John Boyne. The librarian encouraged us to read and also showed us some information. I will continue reading after the course has finished’.
Well done to everyone who completed the challenge! If you would like to find out how you can get involved in the challenge talk to your English tutor or visit http://sixbookchallenge.org.uk.
If you would like to improve your English courses are available in September. Call 0208 314 3300 to book a pre-course assessment, or speak to a member of the reception staff.