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“ English is a time-stressed language.” What does this mean?
Class activity using limericks well I knittin’ sittin’ sigh Great Britain There once was a man from ______________, Who interrupted two girls at their ______________. Said he with a ______________, “ That park bench, ______________, Just painted it right where you’re ______________!”
Class activity using limericks well I knittin’ sittin’ sigh Great Britain There once was a man from Great Britain , Who interrupted two girls at their knittin’ . Said he with a sigh , “ That park bench, well I , Just painted it right where you’re sittin’ !”
Jumble the lines and students put them in the correct order.
man / was / an / in a / boat, / old / There afloat!‘ / said, / Who / afloat, / I'm / 'I'm they / you / ain't!‘ / said, / When /'No! was / He / to / ready / faint, into the / And / himself / moat! / threw / then
Studies show that 93% of students who read on their own in L1 do better in class than those who are taught reading. Studies in L2 seem to show similar trends.
Poverty is the biggest indicator of poor reading skills – lack of access to books.
Reading for pleasure is the fastest (and easiest) way for students to develop their language skills. Research shows that it is at least as, if not more than, effective as other forms of instruction!
“ When [second language learners] read for pleasure they can continue to improve in their second language without classes, without teachers, without study and even without people to converse with.” Krashen, The Power of Reading , p. 84
The virtuous cycle of reading Successful reading makes successful readers The more students read the better they get at it. The better students get at reading, the more they read.
40 of the weakest secondary schools in the country incorporated 20 minutes of silent reading per day, plus one lesson a week for more reading and talking about books.
After five years (1985-1990), these schools were re-evaluated and now had results above the national average!
“ Pupils developed a wider active and passive vocabulary. They used more varied sentence structure, and were better at spotting and correcting grammatical mistakes in their writing and speaking. They showed overall improvement in writing skills and increased confidence and fluency in speaking.” (Davis 1995, p. 330)
Look at the cover and the blurb and write three Qs you want answered by reading the book.
Sam is like any other teenage girl except that she was born deaf. She meets Jim, falls in love and feels happier than ever before. Then one day Jim's jealous ex-girlfriend reveals a secret. Sam is left wondering if she really knows Jim at all. For their love to grow Jim must show her that their worlds are not too different.
Book awards (Best thriller, Most exciting, Most interesting character, etc)
Shared book experiences - Teacher reads aloud (Yes! Even to adults!)
Informal discussions with prompts on the board
My book was about…
I really (dis)liked it because…
My favorite character was…
Comment cards at back of book Rating Your Comment and Your Name 5 I’m afraid earthquake happens to us Susy 5 Great! Gabriel is nice. He is cool. Jaime 4 “ Who is really taking care of me?” I think after reading this book. Yolanda 3 I had a chance to think what’s the most important thing in my life. Hector