8. reading circles workshop

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  • Before we start workshop proper, will spend a dozen or so mins introducing Reading Circles Materials needed for workshop: 1 copy of the Teacher’s Handbook for the trainer 1 copy of the Gold Bookworms Stories for Reading Circles for each participant. The story they will be reading is ‘The Secret’ Role badges and role sheets for each participant Prizes
  • Similar to a book club or reading group Read story at home & prepare for their role
  • Involve reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  • X many groups – maybe 5 or 6, & Teacher on hand
  • The underlying aim of RC: to provide an opportunity for meaningful discussion in English, with students motivated to talk in English; Very motivating in variety of ways Promote student autonomy
  • Stories selected from existing Bookworms short story collections Important to facilitate enjoyable discussion: ensure story is well within the students reading level (below level)
  • For today’s workshop you will be taking part in a Reading Circle, so you need to understand the 6 roles These really are the magic at heart of RC: guide learners through their reading, & help prep for discussions in English To enable successful discussion, bear in mind the aim is discussion, not correct answers – students will have opinions they want to communicate There are no correct views or answers, it’s all about having the discussion
  • Those are the 6 roles, which the teacher introduces to the students, very carefully the 1 st time I’ve been quick – too quick. For our purposes today, am not giving this the time you would, especially on the first introduction
  • Before we begin the workshop itself, here is a summary As we do the workshop, I’ll explain as needed/remind you of what we are doing at each step
  • In real life the Teacher would move from group to group (if class divided into 5 or 6 groups), or be available to provide support where needed; Would listen in here & there & intercede with helpful suggestions if needed; answer questions, trouble shoot…
  • ‘ Teacher’: For today, be aware of the RC process – benefits etc -
  • Circulate & encourage thoughts on benefits like differentiation, helping students with X personality type, fostering the shy, reigning in the dominant; critical thinking (views/opinions & arguing for them) Listen out for objections (e.g. my Ss will not keep to English, my Ss don’t enjoy reading - choice of story, firing them up on the topic – it’s THEIR views that are sollicited, poss not such a common opportunity, & there’s no right or wrong, just be ready to substantiate Forums for RC – incl after-school clubs etc
  • Benefits …
  • don’t prepare this, but sum up some that have been voiced, add extras as appropriate
  • 8. reading circles workshop

    1. 1. Bookworms ClubStoriesfor Reading CirclesWorkshopRicardo Benavides ScottSenior Educational ConsultantOxford University Press
    2. 2. What are Reading Circles? • Small groups of students who meet in the classroom to talk about stories • Each student plays a role in the discussion Oxford University Press
    3. 3. What are Reading Circles? • Usually six Roles: Discussion Leader Summarizer Connector Word Master Passage Person Culture Collector Oxford University Press
    4. 4. The Reading Circle Culture Collector Discussion Leader Passage Person Summarizer Word Master Connector Oxford University Press
    5. 5. Why run Reading Circles? • Reading Circles allow students to have enjoyable, interesting discussions in English • To quote the Editor, Mark Furr: “Stories capture the interest of students in ways that other materials simply do not […]” Reading Circles are a magic formula for natural, enjoyable discussions in English! Oxford University Press
    6. 6. What are Bookworms ClubStories for Reading Circles? Eight students’ books: collections of short stories at Stages 1 to 6 Seven stories, each with: * story introduction * About the author * activities that help students prepare to take part in the discussion Oxford University Press
    7. 7. What are Bookworms ClubStories for Reading Circles? … & a Teacher’s Handbook, which provides: • step-by-step instructions • & everything you need to run successful Reading Circles … • http://elt.oup.com/teachers/readingcir Oxford University Press
    8. 8. The Teacher’s Handbook/Websiteprovides: • Step-by-step instructions • Role Sheets (photocopiable) • Role Sheet examples • Reading Circles Schedule chart • Expansion Activities • Role Badges … Oxford University Press
    9. 9. The Six Roles &Role Sheets … For today’s workshop you will be taking part in a Reading Circle, so you need to understand the 6 roles. These really are the magic at heart of RC: guide learners through their reading, & help prep for discussions in English There are no correct views or answers, it’s all about having the discussion. Oxford University Press
    10. 10. The Six Roles & RoleSheets … Oxford University Press
    11. 11. The Six Roles &Role Sheets … Oxford University Press
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    15. 15. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop• Groups of 4 Agree on your roles (Discussion Leader, Summarizer, Connector, Word Master, Passage Person, Culture Collector) 2 minutes Oxford University Press
    16. 16. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshopRead story: Gold, ‘The Secret’, pages 73-9 15 minutes Oxford University Press
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    30. 30. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop• Prepare your Role (refer to story text & complete Role Sheet) But please don’t begin that review / discussion now! 15 minutes Oxford University Press
    31. 31. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop • Reading Circles Discussion 25 minutes (We would usually allow up to 40 mins. for the Discussion) Oxford University Press
    32. 32. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshopWorkshop discussion: review your experience of RC -what did you find out?In your groups, discuss what benefits you feel ReadingCircles offer, & how you might use them / why 10 minutes Oxford University Press
    33. 33. Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop Conclusions – Benefits Q&A Oxford University Press

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