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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

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  • Bookworms ClubStoriesfor Reading CirclesWorkshopRicardo Benavides ScottSenior Educational ConsultantOxford University Press
  • 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
  • What are Reading Circles? • Usually six Roles: Discussion Leader Summarizer Connector Word Master Passage Person Culture Collector Oxford University Press
  • The Reading Circle Culture Collector Discussion Leader Passage Person Summarizer Word Master Connector Oxford University Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Six Roles & RoleSheets … Oxford University Press
  • The Six Roles &Role Sheets … Oxford University Press
  • The Six Roles & RoleSheets … Oxford University Press
  • The Six Roles & RoleSheets … Oxford University Press
  • The Six Roles &Role Sheets … Oxford University Press
  • 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
  • Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshopRead story: Gold, ‘The Secret’, pages 73-9 15 minutes Oxford University Press
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  • 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
  • Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop • Reading Circles Discussion 25 minutes (We would usually allow up to 40 mins. for the Discussion) Oxford University Press
  • 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
  • Bookworms Club - Reading CirclesWorkshop Conclusions – Benefits Q&A Oxford University Press