Reading in your second language is a challenge, so finding a book at your level is important. You don't want to waste your time with something that is so easy that your French does not improve, and you don't want something so difficult that you have to look up every second word. Independent reading is an opportunity to practice thinking in French. When you are reading fluently, your brain makes connections in French, it questions in French, it infers in French and even your thinking is transformed in French. What an opportunity!
To help you find books at juste le bon niveau,
we have begun to level the French collection. Our peer tutors are typing about 150 words from each book into Scolarius (http://www.scolarius.com/
) and then inserting the level into a searchable spreadsheet. For each book, we are charting the ISBN, author, title, series, genre, and reading level. Most of this information is then transfered to the spine labels and a coloured sticker is added to make the level more noticable.
When you come to choose a book, you need to know which level is comfortable for you. Just as in English, you want to choose books for independent reading that are easier than those you would read in class with your teacher's help. Independent reading is for practice and enjoyment. Don't choose books that are at your frustration level. That's no fun.
To find out your level, go to KwizIQ
, make a free account and test your French proficiency against the CEFR standard.
Right now, we are buying new titles for the collection. If you have suggestions, visit Ms. Baker.
Keep an eye on the collection as we make the modifications. Look for the new sections:
ROM Les Romans (Novels)
BD Les Bande Dessinée (Graphic Novels)
IMAGE Les Livres d'Image (Picture Books)
FR Les Livres de Non-Fiction (Nonfiction)