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Language Enhancement Programme

Reading Club (Semester 1, 2020-2021)


The Reading Club aims to enhance students’ interest in reading. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of best-sellers and classics that they might otherwise not consider. The Reading Club also serves as a good platform for students to make new friends and share their views on their favourite books and authors. Participants are invited to join a reading session once a week and participate in reading-related activities under the guidance of a language tutor.




  • To encourage students to read sufficiently challenging yet enjoyable books;
  • To help students with selecting books according to their interests and language ability;
  • To strengthen students’ speaking skills through different interactive activities, such as discussions, role-play and reading stories aloud;
  • To offer a platform for students to share/exchange their books with others (second-hand books are welcome); and
  • To provide students with an opportunity to meet peers from different departments and cultures.



Meeting Sessions

Date and Time

*11:00 am – 12:30 pm, every Tuesday from 22 September to 20 October 2020
(13 Oct: Movie adaptation evening)OR

*3:00 pm – 4:30 pm every Tuesday from 22 September to 20 October 2020
(13 Oct: Movie adaptation evening)

Mode of Delivery Online via ZOOM

 * One or both sessions per week will be run depending on the enrollment status.




15 students




1. Book Prizes and Certificate of Achievement

Each participant who has attended at least four out of five sessions and has also submitted a short piece of writing on a book will earn

  • one of the selected books,
  • a Certificate of Achievement, and
  • a chance to have your writing published in the Language Centre student publication titled Student BUzz.

2. Movie Adaptation Evening

Participants will read a book and watch the corresponding movie adaptation. Participants will engage in discussions about the book and the movie, such as comparing the two versions in terms of their presentation and language use.

Movie Adaptation Evening Book List:

No. Book-to-Film Adaptations Author of the book Director of the movie
1 All the President's Men Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward Alan J. Pakula
2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Tim Burton
3 Freakonomics Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt Seth Gordon, Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki
4 Jojo Rabbit(adapted from Caging Skies) Christine Leunens Taika Waititi
5 Me Before You Jojo Moyes Thea Sharrock
6 Persepolis Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
7 Richard Jewell(adapted from The Suspect) Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen Clint Eastwood
8 The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick David O. Russell
9 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh Martin McDonagh
10 Wonder R. J. Palacio Stephen Chbosky

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3. Recommended Books in 2020

  1. Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
  2. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
  3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  4. Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
  5. Cat O' Nine Tales by Jeffrey Archer
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  7. Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. Opened Ground: Selected Poems by Seamus Heaney
  10. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  11. The Plague by Albert Camus
  12. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  13. The Suspect : An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen
  14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh
  15. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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4. Writing Alternative Endings / Short Book Reviews

Upon finishing the books, participants are tasked with either composing alternative endings for the stories or short reflections on the books they have just read. Selected writings will be published in the LC’s Student BUzz.

5. Book Auction

Participants can bid for their favourite book (either paperback or audio-books) against other students with the points they accumulate over the course of the Reading Club sessions.

6. Role-play / Drama Competition

Participants are encouraged to pick their favourite sections in their books, read the texts aloud, act out the scenes in a lively manner and explain the reasons for their choices.




All HKBU UGC-funded undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to join.



Registration Deadline

21 September 2020 (First-come, first-served)



Registration Procedures and Results

Please fill in the online form below:




Telephone: 3411 5899