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Part 1

1: The theoretical / background bit:

Reading: what’s involved

The trouble with reading

How we can help

2: The fun and practical bit

A hundred and one (approx) things to do with a text

Integrating reading with speaking


Part 1:

The theoretical / background bit



5 basic beliefs

We learn to read by reading.

The best way to improve your knowledge of a foreign language is to go and live among its speakers. The next best way is to read extensively in it.

Although receptive, reading should not be passive.

5 Basic Beliefs


5 basic beliefs1

We learn to read by reading.

The best way to improve your knowledge of a foreign language is to go and live among its speakers. The next best way is to read extensively in it.

Although receptive, reading should not be passive.

The reading skill and reading aloud are two very different things

We shouldn’t require students to do things we are not prepared to do ourselves.

5 Basic Beliefs



The vicious circle
The Vicious circle

Cycle of frustration

  • Language barrier

  • No motivation

  • Very slow and painful process

  • No value perceived

  • No Mouse or Keyboard with a book!

  • Very little read


The virtuous circle
The Virtuous Circle

Cycle of growth

  • Increased Frequency

  • Increased Motivation

  • Gains linguistic and world knowledge

  • Faster

  • Higher Quantity


Reading: Three Basic Components…

  • Before Reading

  • During Reading

  • After Reading


Read for detail

Feedback 2

Language Focus

Pre Teach Vocab

Lead in / Create Interest

Feedback 1

Follow-Up

Read for gist


Stages in a typical reading lesson slot
Stages in a typical reading lesson/slot

  • Lead-in to topic

  • Create interest in text

  • Key lexis focus

  • Reading for gist

  • Comprehension check

  • Reading for detail

  • Comprehension check

  • Language focus

  • Follow-up skills work


Attacking a text: 2 Approaches

Top down

Focus on general idea and move into smaller detail

Focus on detail and assemble it to form bigger picture

Bottom up


Part 2:

The fun and practical bit


Reading:

At home:

Students work at their own pace

In class

Fun, interactive, easier to integrate with other skills


Before Reading

Prediction: Make learners WANT to read

hsitirbehtgnihctaw

Watching the British

What is the text about?


Before Reading

Prediction: Make learners WANT to read


Before Reading

Prediction: Make learners WANT to read

Here are 8 words / experessions from the text. What do you think it’s about?

Pacific village happiness crops first time Manchester crazy food learned


Before Reading

Prediction: Make learners WANT to read

The Text is about a group of people from a Pacific island who visit Britain for the first time.

Think of 3 facts you expect to find in the text.



Some benefits of a pre reading stage

Interest is not always inherent and intrinsic

Opens schemata

Allows known language to filter down

Can be communicative and/or productive

Confidence building

Reflects what we do in everyday life

Some Benefits of a Pre-Reading Stage


You shouldn t judge a book by its cover
‘You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.’

But, we do…although not for long.

Front – 6 seconds

Back – 8 seconds


Initial Reading Tasks

  • Predict from headline

  • Predict from picture

  • Predict from key words

  • Identify the genre of the text

  • Identify the purpose of the text

  • Identify the attitudes of the writer…


Pre-Teaching Vocabulary

What?

Enough for the students to be able to complete the detailed tasks.

How?

Elicitation


Convey meaning / give a context

Highlight Form and Pronunciation

Elicit / Provide model sentence of TL

Check meaning

Provide a written record

Conveying meaning and checking understanding of vocabulary

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4

2

3

5


Pre-Teaching Vocabulary

What?

Enough for the students to be able to complete the detailed tasks.

How?

Elicitation

Matching words with meanings

Jigsaw


Group B

homeless

relaxation

takeaway food

to enjoy

Group A

respect

unity

sharing

crops

Check the meanings in the dictionary and be prepared to teach them to a student from another group.


Detailed Reading Tasks

  • True / false

  • Multiple choice

  • Gapfill

  • Ordering

  • Drawing a diagram from a description

  • Matching headings to paragraphs / sections

  • Comprehension questions…


Help! I don’t know that word!

Train students to:

Read for overall meaning against a time limit

Deduce meaning from context


Help! I don’t know that word!

The idea of spending spliggle in a foreign country and experiencing an aggie culture is something many people dream of. They say that travel dinkles the mind, and many would donk with this, in particular when experiencing life outside one’s comfort blarf.


Help! I don’t know that word!

The idea of spending time in a foreign country and experiencing an alien culture is something many people dream of. They say that travel broadens the mind, and many would agree with this, in particular when experiencing life outside one’s comfort zone.


Detailed Reading Tasks

Summarising

Create a summary of max. 10 words of your part of the text.

Read your summary to the group.

Listen to the summary and identify the part of the text that it matches.


Detailed Reading Tasks

Focus on collocation

Reading Race














Skills Follow Up

What could you do next?


Skills Follow Up

What could you do next?

Tanna

Manchester

vs.


  • The Cycle of Frustration

  • Language barrier

  • Provide Strategies for Dealing with Unknown Words

  • No motivation

  • Personalise, use interaction

  • Very slow and painful process

  • Be Realistic, Break longer texts in smaller chunks

  • No value perceived

  • Use tasks which give a sense of achievement

  • Books don’t have a mouse or Keyboard!

  • But a computer does…


Apart from Tanna and Manchester, how‘s your world knowledge???

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


Indonesia is predominantly: knowledge???

Buddhist

Hindu

Muslim

Christian

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


In what city is the European Commission installed? knowledge???

Strasbourg

Bruxelles

The Hague

Rome

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


What is the name of the first black South African President? knowledge???

Thabo Mbeki

Nelson Mandela

Robert Mugabe

Oliver Tambo

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


Which of the following countries does not have a monarch as headof state?

Canada

Australia

Eire

Spain

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


In which city did the first big anti-globalisation manifestations take place?

Seattle

Davos

Genoa

Prague

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


What is the capital of turkey istanbul ankara izmir antalya
What is the capital of Turkey? manifestations take place?Istanbul Ankara Izmir Antalya

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


Which US president was the first to visit the People's Republic of China?

Eisenhower

Kennedy

Reagan

Nixon

http://www.kstudio.net/quiz/test


And finally… Revenge time! Republic of China?

A Georgia Quiz for Rob

Easy Questions Please!!!



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