On the books
First term books:
Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo. Penguin. 2008.
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. Penguin. 2007.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Bloomsbury.  2010.
Second term books:
The Fourth Hand by John Irving. Black Swan. 2002.
Invictus by John Carlin. Penguin. 2008.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Penguin. 2009.
What should I do with the books?
1st Choose one of the first 3 and one of the second 3.
2nd Read them carefully. Don’t look up all the words you don’t know, try to find out through the context and only look up the words you cannot guess the meaning or are really important for understanding.
3rd Very important: Enjoy your readings!!!
4th Choose a topic from the book you want to explore, always taking the book to justify it .
5th Explore that topic. Topics can be very wide, but remember to have the book as reference and justification of it.
6th Talk or get in contact with other classmates that are working on the same book and agree on the topic, just to make sure we are not having the same kind of presentation. In case you coincide with another student on the same topic, there is not problem as soon as you both limit your presentations and not get into exactly the same thing. Remember it must be an original piece of work.
7th Prepare your oral presentation. 5 to 7 minutes. You can have visual support such as powerpoint presentation or others, but if you support it with any extra audiovisual material, that we’ll not be part of your presentation time. In that case adjust it to the presentation so that it isn’t longer than your talked ideas.
Remember this presentation is going to be part of your oral exam and the evaluation will have to do not only with the presentation, but also with the way you interact. Questions from your classmates and me are to be expected as well.
8th Write an essay about the topic related to the book. The essay extension will be 3 pages in Arial...