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Oxford Bookworms Library Level 5: The Merchant of Venice

Oxford Bookworms Library Level 5: The Merchant of Venice

Format: Paperback
See also: Online resource
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Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award Winner 2017

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR.

In sixteenth-century Venice - a city of wealthy merchants and bankers - money is all-important. Bassanio is penniless, but his great friend Antonio offers to help him by borrowing the money that he needs. To do this, though, Antonio must make an arrangement with an old enemy that puts his life in danger... The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, and it has been performed all over the world. It is retold in this Bookworm not as a play, but as a story.

CEFR B2
Word count 25,189

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-420971-7
  • Pages: 112
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 198x129 mm

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR.

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Key features

  • Word count 25,189
  • Read at a comfortable level with word count and CEFR level on every cover
  • Illustrations, photos, and diagrams support comprehension
  • Activities build language skills and check understanding
  • Glossaries teach difficult vocabulary
  • Free editable tests for every book

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This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students.

Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students’ reading confidence.

Introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout, and glossaries help build comprehension.

Before, during, and after reading activities included in the back of each book strengthen student comprehension.

Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.

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Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award Winner 2017
Jurors' Comment:"A great introduction to the world of Shakespeare. The narrative is powerful, well-paced and poetic, and the story and its themes of love, revenge, greed and generosity are timeless. Almost every chapter has at least one pencil illustration which clearly represents significant events and characters in the chapter. They set the scene very well and help facilitate comprehension. It is a book that feels good in the hand and looks and feels serious and adult. Very literary. The Bard himself would be proud."

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