‘The Blink of an Eye’ to Feature in Textbooks in Japan!

We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Z-kai Inc. (and its affiliated company Z-kai Solutions Inc), a distinguished educational publisher in Japan!

Over the coming years, a whopping 50,000 secondary school students in Japan will have the opportunity to read part of one the most popular books in the English Short Stories series: The Blink of an Eye. Extracts from the story will feature in two books: Kou1 Advanced Questions & Answers (Textbook) and Kou1 Advanced Questions & Answers (Mock Test), helping students to enhance their English skills, work on their critical thinking, and prepare for their university entrance exams.

Are you also an educational publisher, looking for unique, immersive and thought-provoking English language content? If so, feel free to reach out. We would love to hear from you.

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Lockdown Learning with English Short Stories

As a language learner myself, I know how hard it can be to prioritise developing my skills. Life has a funny habit of getting in the way, leading me to put my language goals to one side.

Unfortunately, learning a language is particularly challenging today. In many parts of the world (including where I live, in the UK), travel restrictions, limits on social gatherings, and closed language schools, make it even harder to dedicate our time and energy to something that we truly value. Instead, we must find new, exciting ways that motivate us to keep going.

If you are looking for a new way to practice, and improve your English, then I hope my book series will help you.

English Short Stories is a book/eBook series, with stories ranging from Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C1) levels. The stand-out feature of these stories is that they are original, and specifically written for adults. Each book includes a variety of stimulating comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing exercises:

Learn however suits you: All books are available in both paperback and eBook format, and can be purchased from your Amazon store.

Good luck with your continued language learning—and don’t give up.

Rob Averies, author of English Short Stories

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English Short Stories: including ‘The Boy that Runs’ is currently the #1 most downloaded free Foreign Language eBook on Amazon UK 🏆🥇

But don’t be passive (pardon the pun) – the unique chance to get a free copy of our Intermediate-level 4 Story Collection for your kindle ends today! ⏳

Follow the link to get your hands on a copy 👉 http://mybook.to/4storyebook

‘Three Nights on Hill Top Road’ (CEFR C1+): OUT NOW!

“When Mr. Chiovelli arrives in Oxford to work as a University Professor, he expects things to be different from his beloved Italy. But an empty Victorian Bed & Breakfast, a regrettable attraction, mysterious internet searches and haunting paintings are just some of the things that he did not expect …”

Are you an advanced English learner? Get your hands on a copy of ‘Three Nights on Hill Top Road’ – available on Amazon!

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5 ‘lockdown’ websites for English learners

Looking for new ways to use and expand upon your English knowledge? Would you like to pursue your interests in English, but not sure where to go? Here is a list of 5 useful and interactive websites that English learners can make the most of during lockdown.

  1. TED: ideas worth spreading. If you have an inquisitive mind and like learning new things, then this is the place to go. Educational talks across a wide range of fields means that anyone can find something of interest. What’s more, subtitle options and specific English-learner content make it an excellent tool for language learners.
  2. Conversation Exchange – language learning with native speakers. This is a website that I have used lots on my travels. All you need to do is create a simple profile and search for a language partner that can provide you with written or face-to-face (e.g. via Skype or Zoom) practice. The sky really is the limit, as you can find language partners anywhere in the world. And it’s free!
  3. LyricsTraining. If you are anything like me, then you would go crazy without music during lockdown. On this free website, you can search from a wide range of English songs, before selecting a difficulty level. Then, karaoke-style, you listen to the song and fill in the blanks (the higher the level, the more the blanks!). As a competitive edge, you can represent your country by entering your score into the international leaderboard.
  4. Breaking News English. This is another excellent, free educational tool. Filter by your English level, select an article that you would like to read and then download the ‘Mini Lesson’ PDF with additional exercises. The articles are great reading and contain additional online activities alongside those attached to the lesson PDF. What’s more, this site is committed to uploading stories that come from all over the world, and do not necessarily make headline news.
  5. The Conversation. Up for a linguistic and intellectual challenge? Then this website may be right for you! The articles on this site are written by academics all over the globe and provide evidence-based, in-depth insight into a topic of your choosing.

Which websites do you use to support your English learning? Share in the comments box below!

Looking for a new book to read? English Short Stories: The Cat and the Ghost (CEFR Level C1+) is available now!