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Good readers make good learners. Jack Scholes Email: [email protected] OVERVIEW Intensive x extensive reading Why? Research studies How? Ground rules Getting started Time to read – DEAR After reading. 2. Why? Research studies show that extensive reading improves:

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Good readers make good learners

Good readers make good learners

Jack Scholes

Email: [email protected]


OVERVIEW

  • Intensive x extensive reading

  • Why? Research studies

  • How? Ground rules

  • Getting started

  • Time to read – DEAR

  • After reading


2. Why?

Research studies show that extensive

reading improves:

  • Reading skills

  • Writing skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Listening & speaking skills

  • Exam results


3. Ground Rules

  • Ss choose what to read

    2. Variety of material

    3. Wide range of topics

    4. Materials within Ss competence


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pzcndi and fst knbe on a kiv mbyr in

jbyat of the gutrf. He ztiyrd out to gst

with a lhyag sruio on his face, jlaur in

ttuagt ki he mtishjg a kerbdygft’d yusr.

It gru a hot, sjyiar day miry dfit summer

days in Rio de Janeiro.


Bruno stopped what he was doing for a

moment and sat down on a low wall in

front of the beach. He stared out to sea

with a katif smile on his face, lost in

thought as he enjoyed a moment’s rest.

It was a hot, leyrok day like most

summer days in Rio de Janeiro.


5. Reading is individual & silent

6. Ss read as much as possible, and at their own pace

7. Reading is for pleasure

8. Purpose is general understanding

9. Reading is its own reward


10. T’s role:

  • Explain aims, methodology, importance

  • Discuss Ss worries, fears beforehand

  • Guide Ss to get most out of reading

  • Motivate and encourage with before, during & after reading activities


4. Getting started

“My students don’t read in their own

language. How on earth can I get them

to read in English?”

To arouse curiosity / get students ready

and eager to read


1. Use the cover

Ss predict what book is about from title,

cover picture, back cover blurb

Ss choose book and introduce to others

What genre - adventure, thriller, love story?



Bruno, a poor coconut seller from the favela, meets Clara, a beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.Then Zeca, a criminal from Bruno’s past, tries to blackmail Bruno into helping him make some easy money. Can Bruno stop Zeca, save Clara and convince Clara’s father that he is right for his daughter?


  • Write 3 questions about the book beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • Complete the sentences from the book

    1.He was slim and good-looking with……

    2. Bruno lived in a favela…

    3. Soon after the police raid, Bruno and Clara…


  • How far do you agree with the following statements? beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    Things are not the way they are just

    because that’s the way they are. We can

    change things. We can live the life we

    want.

    A movie or a book can really impress you

    and completely change your way of

    thinking?


You should only date people of the same beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

race or from the same socio-economic

background as yourself.

It’s okay to bully people who are smaller

or weaker than yourself.

‘The end justifies the means.’


2. Use the title beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • Read out first paragraph of 3 books

    Ss make up suitable titles

    or

    Guess which title goes with which

    extract


  • Copy titles and extracts from books beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    on to separate cards

    Ss match title and extracts

    Ss can prepare cards for each other


3. Use the pictures beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • Pick out main characters –

    what do illustrations tell us about them?

    Write down + description of characters

    appearance/ personality – discuss

    Keep / check after reading


poor tough bad-tempered beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

optimistic rich menacing

enthusiastic muscular gorgeous

thug hard-working fair-skinned anxious criminal shy


  • What’s happening in picture? beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • Write dialogue / act out

  • Write captions for the pictures

  • Photocopy illustrations – put in order

    Tell / write story – check after reading


4. Reflection Boxes beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

Draw links between the themes

explored and readers’ own lives and

experiences.


Simple, everyday subjects beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.


More personal, tricky issues beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.


5. Use the text beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • Ss read book in 2 minutes

    Cover, blurb, pictures, first and last

    paragraph, plus quick flick through

    Ss then tell each other what they think

    book is about


  • Copy first and last paragraphs of beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    several books on to cards identified

    with numbers and letters

    Mix up cards

    Ss match beginnings and endings

    Ss make up story to connect


  • Mix up sentences from first paragraph beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    Ss sort them out

    Variation - mix up sentences from first

    paragraphs of two books


Then he took a couple of deep breaths. He beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

had never been anywhere like this before

in his life. At five minutes to eight, Bruno

was standing outside the restaurant. Okay,

here we go, he said to himself and he

opened the main door. Beads of sweat

started to roll down his face as he stood

petrified between two large marble pillars,

staring at the door.


At five minutes to eight, Bruno was beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

standing outside the restaurant. He had

never been anywhere like this before in his

life. Beads of sweat started to roll down his

face as he stood petrified between two

large marble pillars, staring at the door.

Then he took a couple of deep breaths.

Okay, here we go, he said to himself and

he opened the main door.


  • Chain stories - sentence from book beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    “This was the day Bruno’s life was going to

    change forever.”

    Each S adds a sentence to continue story

    If difficult, can say ‘Pass’

    To vary order, each S chooses next person

    In large class, do in groups and compare

    Record on small tape recorder + play back


5. Time to read – DEAR beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

  • In-class activities

  • Free time – reading, browsing, writing

  • T reads aloud to Ss or Ss listen to

    recordings

    Ss can silently read text

    Read in instalments – create suspense


  • Repeated timed readings beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    Ss read silently – mark where start

    Stop after 2-3 minutes – mark where

    stopped

    Return to beginning, mark, repeat 3X

    Individualized, non-competitive challenge

    Builds confidence

    Good way to start silent reading


  • Sustained silent reading – regular 20 beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

    minutes – Ss + T (or checks doubts)

  • DEARTIME

    = Drop Everything And Read

    Clap hands, shout, ‘DEAR time!’

    Ss & YOU read for about 10 minutes


6. After reading beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

Personal Response

• Did you like the story? Why /why not?

• Is there anything you would like to change in the story? Give details.

• Suggest other ways in which the story

could end.


Comprehension beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

True / false / doesn’t say

Answer questions

Write a 150-word summary, but

deliberately include 3 incorrect pieces of

information. Exchange with a partner and

try to discover the mistakes


Characters beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

• Who is your favourite character?

Explain why

Plot and theme

• Write a short summary of the events in the story by retelling it from the point of view of one of the characters


Language beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

Grammar, vocabulary, collocations

Projects

With links to websites

• Cyber-bullying

• Favelas


The Virtuous Circle of Reading beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

The more students read,

The better they get at it.

And the better they are at it,

The more they read.


Helbling Readers beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

Red Series – 11-14 year-olds

Blue Series – Teens / young adults

Accompanying audio CD

Rich variety of before and after activities

Reflection boxes throughout story, make

parallels with student’s own life &

experiences


Audio books – full version of story on MP3 beautiful rich girl from Rio de Janeiro’s wealthy Ipanema area, and they fall in love. But Clara’s father doesn’t approve and stops the realtionship.

Downloadable worksheets for each book

Downloadable teacher’s guide

www.helblinglanguages.com

Enjoy!


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