Getting the reading habit
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What is extensive reading? reading lots of different texts reading a variety of texts reading for pleasure reading without a task, a test or a set of exercises reading for gist reading for information just plain reading Which definition do you prefer? Why?
Make reading a topic of conversation weave it into your classroom activities e.g. in a speaking class (encouragement)
make reading a topic of conversation weave it into your classroom activities take your book/s into class talk about reading – and not reading talk about reading in L1 … and L2 talk about listening to music & reading lyrics talk about watching videos & reading subtitles (encouragement)
Extensive reading in the classroom? follow-up from discussions, conversations extracts opening paragraphs page 99 short stories DEAR * reader response codes
decisions, decisions … Choice? Variety? Level? Pace? Plan A: everyone reads the same book Plan B: everyone reads a different book What kind of book? graded readers or authentic? original or adapted? early readers? reluctant readers? in print? online? Students buy a book each? School library? Book box/bag?
Before reading: book covers blurbs opening paragraph page 99 … After reading: character profile different place and time interviews (characters, authors …) role plays ...
References and links Owl Hall http://owlhall.macmillanreaders.com/welcome/ Macmillan readers http://www.macmillanreaders.com/ Literature collections http://www.macmillanreaders.com/resources/literature-collections Tips for using graded readers in class http://www.macmillanreaders.com/using-graded-readers-in-class A blog post on using reader response codes https://cerij.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/reader-response-codes/ An article by Philip Prowse on the basic principles of extensive reading http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/october2002/discussion/prowse.html An article by Alan Maley on the benefits of extensive reading with an extensive bibliography http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/extensive-reading-why-it-good-our-students%E2%80%A6-us contact me: blog http://cerij.wordpress.com twitter @cerirhiannon
www.macmillanenglish.com/onlineconference2011 Wednesday 9th: 12.30 - 13.30: CERI JONES: Getting the reading habit 13.45 - 14.45: DAVE SPENCER: How to teach secondary classes (without losing your sanity in the process) 15.00 - 16.00: VAUGHAN JONES: “Class Scribe” and other ways of recycling vocabulary blog http://cerij.wordpress.com twitter @cerirhiannon