Dracula (Penguin Readers Level 3)

Age Range: 12 – 17  years

Jonathan Harker visits a castle in Transylvania to help a man named Count Dracula to buy a house in England. While he is there, he discovers many terrible things about the count. As strange things begin to happen in England, Jonathan sees that Count Dracula must be stopped!

Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills.

Dracula, a Level 3 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

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Dracula

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”

He made no motion of stepping to meet me, but stood like a statue, as though his gesture of welcome had fixed him into stone. The instant, however, that I had stepped over the threshold, he moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince, an effect which was not lessened by the fact that it seemed as cold as ice―more like the hand of a dead than a living man.

Stoker’s Dracula tells the story of Count Dracula, a Transylvanian nobleman, who is also a vampire. He attempts to move to London, in order to spread his undead curse, and to complete the transaction, he enlists the help of one of the story’s main protagonists, Jonathan Harker, a solicitor who becomes a prisoner in Dracula’s castle.

The events of the novel ultimately lead to a battle between Count Dracula and another of the main protagonists, the vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, with the latter aiming to destroy Dracula and prevent his curse from spreading.

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