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The reading habit


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The reading habit

  1. 1. Acquiring the reading habit
  2. 2. 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 readingWhich definition do you prefer? Why?
  3. 3. So what’s the big deal?
  4. 4. The basicsvarietychoiceeasepaceencouragementrole modelsNO tests or exercises
  5. 5. The teacher as reader (role models)
  6. 6. Make reading a topic of conversationweave it into your classroom activities e.g. in a speaking class (encouragement)
  7. 7. 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talkabout watching videos & reading subtitles (encouragement)
  8. 8. Extensive reading in the classroom?• reader response codes• follow-up from discussions, conversations• extracts• opening paragraphs• page 99• short stories• DEAR *
  9. 9. decisions, decisions …Choice? Variety? Level? Pace?Plan A: everyone reads the same bookPlan B: everyone reads a different bookWhat kind of book? graded readers or authentic? original oradapted? early readers? reluctant readers? in print? online?Students buy a book each?School library?Book box/bag?
  10. 10. Before reading:book coversblurbsopening paragraphpage 99 …After reading:•character profile•different place and time•interviews (characters, authors …)•role plays ...
  11. 11. References and linksOwl Hall readers collections for using graded readers in class blog post on using reader response codes article by Philip Prowse on the basic principles of extensivereading article by Alan Maley on the benefits of extensive reading withan extensive bibliography