Download the guide to setting up a book club in your school: QTE Book Clubs - Guide and Booklist.pdf
Download our notes and guide questions for eight outstanding books in translation: QTE Book Clubs - Reading notes.pdf
The guide is made up of two parts. The first part is an overview of how to set up and run a book club; it includes advice on how to plan and structure each meeting, some ideas for general questions to ask in the sessions, and a booklist with language combinations and brief summaries of the texts. The second part is a set of reading notes; it contains a detailed guide to each of the books from the booklist comprising a blurb, author and translator bios, links to resources to find out more about the book’s context, a list of targeted questions, and some suggestions for further reading.
Hopefully, this will be a passion-project for students that love reading literature in translation! Hosting their own book club will allow students to take the initiative in choosing which books to read and what to ask about them, encouraging them to deepen or refine their interest in translated fiction whilst also building connections and friendships across classes or years. Equally, hosting an international book club will provide useful experience for sixth formers inside and outside the classroom. It will help students better articulate their ideas and develop their knowledge beyond the curriculum: this may be particularly useful for those studying literature or languages at A-Level, but communication and analysis skills are always widely transferable. It is also the kind of project that will look great on a UCAS application, demonstrating a commitment to studying outside the classroom and beyond course requirements. Experience of planning and coordinating events would also be a good CV-booster, regardless of whether students aim to embark on further study of languages or literature.