5 Minutes of Daily Literature

Reading the classics of English literature is not only good for your reading skills and vocabulary development, but it can also help you learn about the culture and literature of the English speaking world and it can also be very enjoyable.

Today's task uses DailyLit a site that will supply you with 5 minutes of reading everyday for free. You just select a book and each day you will be emailed a 5 minute installment of the book.


  • You'll need to have an email address but you don't have to add any other information.
  • Once you have registered you'll get a confirmation to your email address. Click the link and then you'll be able to select a book. I recommend a book by Charles Dickens, select him from the list of popular authors.
  • Then select the book 'A Christmas Carol'.

  • Once you have done this you'll be able to decide what time each day you want your reading installment sent to your email address.
  • Once you have done that, agree to the terms and then click on 'Submit'. Then go back to your email account and you should have a message with a confirmation link. Click on it and then just wait for your first installment of the book to be delivered.

  • Each time you finish your five minutes of reading, you'll be able to either request another five minutes of the book or just wait until the next day.
  • Hope you enjoy the book. A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite books by Dickens and one of the best Christmas Ghost stories ever written. It's not too scary either. If you enjoy the book you can also get involved in a book forum and discuss the book with other visitors to the site.
I hope you enjoy it. Come back for more EFL ESL activities tomorrow.

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angel said...

Nice attempt to encourage reading but I think it would be more useful if they sent you complete short stories, I mean self-content fragments rahter than installments of such "big" books

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Angel

Can't help thinking that your comment is a bit 'the cup is half empty'! Sure, reading a complete short story in five mins would be great, but encouraging the development of a habit and the deeper kind of involvement that a novel entails is great too. I think learning a language is best done through a variety of activities, not just the best one. It's variety that is the spice of life, not perfection.

Thanks for the comment though. Always good food for thought.



Unknown said...

Hi Nik,
What an excellent idea it is! What you have done is a sort of often-thought-never-tried. I will definitely use it and let you know my feedback.
Best wishes,
Dharmendra Sheth.

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Dharmendra

I hope it works for you. I'm getting my five mins of Dickens every day now and really enjoy it.


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