Reading in order to liveThe power of extensive readingfor language learningDisal AuditoriumJune 14, 2013Higor Cavalcante
Tell a partner:- What you’re reading at the moment- What it’s about- What’s next on your list
Extensive ReadingThe more leisurely reading of longer texts, primarily forpleasure, or in order to accumulate vocabulary, or simplyto develop sound habits of reading.
Extensive Reading“Not all students become active readers. Whilesome are highly motivated and consume booksavidly, others don’t have the same appetite. Wecan’t force students to read, of course, but weshould do everything we can to encouragethem to do so.”Jeremy Harmer, in How to Teach English, (p. 110)
By the end of this talk, we’ll havediscussed……the habit (or lack thereof) of a reading culture/habitin Brazil…how books get chosen with a view to creating thereading habit in learners…an extensive reading program for languagedevelopment…activities (with examples) which can be used in theprogram
A very important beliefNo activity is as complete for languagelearning than vast, varied reading.
collocations: “…a succession of ludicrously trivialand…”(adv-adj)phrasal verbs: “…begged the kids to please get off mylegs now,…”idioms: “…caught her eye…”semantic precision: “I clumped around the house like aman in magnetic boots…”(fixed) expressions: “Just in case, you know, I sufferedtransitory histerical blindness…”Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About, Mill Millington, p 1.
Situation in Brazil1,8 books per year => 4, 7 books per year(2010 – Ministry of Education and Culture)4 books per year / 2,1 finished(2012 – Ibope)People don’t read for fun; reading is boring.
Benefits of Extensive Reading- Develops learner autonomy and curiosity- Offers comprehensible input (readers)- Enhances general language competence- Helps develop general, world knowledge- Extends, consolidates and sustains vocabularygrowth- Helps to improve writing- Creates and sustains motivation to readmore
Why don’t teachers do it?- Insufficient time- Too costly- Reading materials not available- ER not linked to syllabus/examination- Lack of understanding of its benefits- Conformity to sillabi/text books- Teachers themselves don’t read
How do you say in English?- Gás lacrimogêneo?- Balas de borracha?- Coquetel molotov?- …está bem abaixo da inflação?- Manifestantes quebraram vitrines- O preço do ônibus aumentou.
The ""Book-a-month Project (B2-C2) Students read 3 to 4 books per term / 6 to 8 yearly Do weekly activities related to books – not tests! Criteria for picking books:• Interesting• Choice• Modern
Books usedRoom, Emma Donoghue(NYT #1 Bestseller)Drama
Other possibilities- Book clubs- Review writing- Book discussions- Book fair- Book secret santa- Read in front of your students!
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”.“Reading is a discount ticket to anywhere”.“You don’t have to burn books to destroy aculture. Just get people to stop reading them”.“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllablethat’s spelled out is a spark”.“Read in order to live”. – G. Glaubert
How to Teach English, Jeremy HarmerFrom Reader to Reading Teacher, Aebersold,J.A.; Field, M.L.www.teachingenglish.org.ukwww.bbc.co.ukwww.nytimes.comBibliography
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