Books to improve your English: Sci-fi and fantasy edition

Charlotte Guest
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Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy books? These genres are not only very entertaining but can also help you improve your English skills. You can enhance your language proficiency by reading books with captivating storytelling, unique vocabulary and imaginative concepts.

Following on from 9 great novels to help improve your English, we've gathered a list of great sci-fi and fantasy books that will transport you to amazing worlds and improve your language skills.


Books to improve your English: Sci-fi and fantasy edition
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The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

This is an excellent option if you're searching for a classic sci-fi novel. This exciting book can help improve your vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing skills, critical thinking, and understanding of cultural and historical contexts. The exciting story of Martian invaders will captivate you, showcasing creative storytelling and making you appreciate the English language.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A captivating novel for young adults that combines science fiction and fantasy, featuring time travel and otherworldly adventures. L'Engle's writing style is straightforward, making it an ideal choice for those learning English. Explore its fascinating themes and vivid imagery to improve your language skills.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

If you want a gripping sci-fi book about war, leadership and morals, try reading 'Ender's Game'. This book has it all, from thrilling action sequences to intriguing characters, and provides ample food for thought. Additionally, immersing yourself in this book can enhance your English language skills, expand your vocabulary and hone your critical thinking abilities.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

This well-known magical world needs no introduction. The Harry Potter series follows a young wizard on his adventure through a fantastical realm of spells, friendship and excitement. The language is simple, the story is engaging and the characters are lively. This makes it perfect for English learners wanting to improve and pick up an easy-to-read novel.

Ubik by Philip K. Dick

An excellent choice for English learners seeking an insightful and challenging read. This science fiction novel can enhance your English vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking and analysis skills. The text explores various writing styles and techniques, while also exploring cultural and social themes that can challenge your perception of reality and the world. ‘Ubik’ offers a thought-provoking and mind-bending experience for those willing to explore its depths.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

For an entertaining and light-hearted read, check out Douglas Adams' ‘The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy’. It's a science fiction series that uses humor, satire and adventure to tell its story. Adams' clever writing, wordplay and humor make it a fun way to explore the English language with a lighter touch.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein

For those seeking a challenge this is a classic example of the fantasy genre. This book takes readers on an exciting journey through Middle-earth, complete with intricate world-building, vivid descriptions and unique characters. Read it to improve your vocabulary and comprehension skills while immersing yourself in a timeless story of good versus evil.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Want something set on earth and with historical references? '11/22/63' is a sci-fi book that mixes time travel and history, making it a great read for English learners who are interested in modern history. This book introduces readers to a range of new vocabulary, helps improve reading comprehension and exposes the reader to the book's setting of 60's America.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

If you’re looking for an immersive reading experience, check out Christopher Paolini's 'The Inheritance Cycle' series of books. This young adult fantasy series helps readers learn new words, understand stories better, follow character growth and enjoy detailed world creation. As you follow Eragon's story, you'll learn about writing techniques and the magic of storytelling in epic proportions.

Sci-fi and fantasy books take you to new worlds and enhance language skills with complex ideas and varied vocabulary. It can also help with understanding English pop culture references too. Try these books and let your English ability soar to new and unexplored heights.

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    What is a learning management system?

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    This can help facilitate a range of training, studying and skills development, as well as assessments, exams and certification management. 

    Who uses LMS's and why? 

    There are many great uses for learning management systems but these are used primarily by businesses and educational establishments. Here are some of the most common use cases for these platforms: 

    • HR and management - The HR and management team might implement these across the business to help with learning and development and make sure that organizational goals are being hit

    • Employee onboarding - Those starting a new job may be given training via an LMS; this can make the onboarding process much quicker and simpler 

    • Compliance training - Lots of roles require compliance training, for example health and safety training, and this is a great way for businesses to stay up to date and ensure everyone complies with regulations 

    • Customer support - Some businesses use learning management systems to onboard customers or clients. This might include sharing user manuals and product guides. Plus, sales professionals might also use them to train new partners or clients in using their services or platforms. 

    • Classroom learning - Lecturers and teachers can create and share course materials and align content and tests from one place. These can also be used to put a twist on traditional classroom learning. 

    • Blended learning - Schools, colleges and universities may use these for online lessons and blended learning, particularly for remote students 

    • Volunteer training - Charities and non-profits may also use an LMS to educate volunteers and keep them motivated about the cause 

    Of course, these platforms can and will be used in other ways, but these are some of the most common and beneficial uses for LMS's. 

    Who has access to LMS's?

    In most cases, learning management systems will have two primary user groups: administrators and learners.  

    Administrators are the people who create, manage and deliver e-learning. They may use these platforms to upload their own learning materials, or they may select courses and materials from an existing list given by the provider.

    On the other hand, learners are the professionals or students who will use these platforms to train, study and gain new skills. Many modern LMS's allow multiple learners to train or access materials at the same time.

    However, there is a third and final group that we have yet to mention: the parents of students using LMS's, particularly outside of school hours. In some cases, parents may have access to these systems to support students, track their progress or look at feedback from the teacher. 

    Key features in modern LMS's

    There are a variety of learning management systems out there and some are more advanced than others. That being said, many modern platforms will share similar features to ensure they stay competitive. Some of these key features may include: 

    • Authoring tools that allow administrators to upload or build their own courses

    • Access to subject matter experts who can contribute to learning and development activities 

    • Automated workflows that allow for the creation of personalized learning journeys

    • A resources library that holds all relevant learning materials, such as guides, video clips and courses

    • Quizzes and surveys for a more fun and engaging way to assess learners 

    • Compliance features, such as automatic reminders that notify learners when it is time to retrain 

    • Certificates and diplomas that give learners recognition as they study and meet their targets 

    • Insights and analysis for individual progress and results, allowing administrators to identify gaps or areas where support is needed

    • Compatibility with mobile devices for studying on the go 

    • Integrations with other internal systems and software 

    This is by no means a complete list and different platforms will have different functionality. However, these are some of the most common and beneficial features of many modern LMSs.

    The benefits of using learning management systems

    Saving time and money

    First and foremost, an LMS can be an excellent way for businesses to save time and money on training. 

    Of course there is an initial investment in the platform, but training can be expensive and time-consuming, particularly if it must take place in a location outside of the workplace. Therefore, this can be the more cost-effective solution. Not to mention, the materials are quick to access and can save time and effort. 

    Ensuring compliance training is completed

    These platforms are an excellent way to ensure that all mandatory training is completed on time and to the highest standard. For example, industry-specific training such as fire safety or cybersecurity training. 

    Provide accurate data

    Administrators can access data and insights into their employee's learning. This can be a great way to see where more support is needed and to identify any skills gaps that need to be filled. Similarly, teachers can get to grips with how well their students are doing and if they need extra help in any subjects or areas.

    Improves the learning experience

    Whether in school or the workplace, LMS's can be a great way to improve the learning process. It allows users to study and access learning materials from one accessible location. Plus, through a multimedia approach, they can use guides, videos and more to help them learn. This can ensure they engage with the materials and stay motivated. 

    Simplifying communication

    Finally, an LMS can make communication between students, teachers, employees and employers far simpler. For example, automated reminders keep everyone in the loop and ensure all training is completed on time. But more than that, there is one central place to communicate, review feedback and access the same materials.