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4.0 out of 5 stars Over 50 great little reads, 7 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Miss Marple and Mystery: The Complete Short Stories (Miss Marple) (Paperback)
I bought this book looking for something to share with my most advanced "English as a second language" students. Though the story size is about right for my students, the vocabulary is difficult for non-native speakers. (Story size varies from 5 or 6 pages for short short stories, upto maybe 20 pages for the longer ones.) I enjoyed reading them but even the most skilled and adventurous students gave up after 4 pages. :-(

As a bright native English speaker I found the stories all fun and witty. There are a few that glamourize wicked behaviour but nothing much unexpected. The English - of course - is beyond reproach as it is a reference for the language of the era just before the second world war.

The paper quality etc. is fine for a paperback of this size.

If you like Agatha Christie or short stories where strange things happen then this book is a good buy.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2011 09:11:25 GMT
Hello! I am 17 years old and I just wanted to ask,if a student with I.G.C.S.E English as a second language passed with grade A will find it difficult to read this book..as a teacher I believe you are the most suitable person to answer this question. Thank you in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2011 02:31:07 GMT
Bennett, JP says:
Dear Eleana Philippou,

I think you will find the vocabulary difficult, and some of the idiom is also difficult. However, the book is made of many short stories. The longer stories are 15 pages, more or less. The shorter stories are 7 or 8 pages. These stories are not linked to each other. I counted approximately 150 special vocabulary items in the first story when assessing it for one of my Russian speaking students who is about grade B at I.G.C.S.E.

If you take it as many little projects you could enjoy each little one. Try one short story a month?

I don't think the grammar will be difficult if you have an A at I.G.C.S.E. Definitely it will be work, but hopefully it will also be fun.

KR
Jan

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2011 12:36:04 GMT
Thank you very much!!I think I''ll give it a go because I really enjoy Agatha Cristie's books! =]

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2013 12:12:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2014 20:31:02 BDT
Mrs W Waugh says:
She is probably the best crime writer we have ever had,and as we are still reading her books now it proves just how good she was........
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