Getting the reading habit
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?
So what’s the big deal?
The basicsvariety choice ease pace encouragement role models NO tests or exercises
The teacher as reader (role models)
Make reading a topic of conversation weave it into your classroom activities e.g. in a speaking class (encouragement)
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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)
peers as role models … keeping a log book
a shift in perspective …
Extensive reading in the classroom? reader response codes follow-up from discussions, conversations extracts opening paragraphs page 99 short stories DEAR *
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?
some classroom activities …
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
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 www.macmillanenglish.com/onlineconference2011 blog http://cerij.wordpress.com twitter @cerirhiannon