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ELTeCS Session – April 14th, 2010 Creative Reading Pete Simms & Sasha Clarke
What are the different ways you use reading in class? Why? Discuss with the person next to you.
Stages of a reading lesson A reading lesson can broadly be described in three stages: Pre-Reading During-Reading Post-Reading
Look at the extract from a textbook. What is the aim of each stage? StageQuestionStage Aim Pre-reading 1e.g. to introduce the topic and activate any previous knowledge in the students. 2 During – reading 3 4 Post – reading 5 What do you think?
StageQuestionStage Aim Pre-reading 1e.g. to introduce the topic and activate any previous knowledge in the students. To encourage students to relate to the text 2To familiarise students with the text To encourage prediction of text content To introduce genre and format of the text During – reading 3To read a text for detailed information To encourage reading part of a text and not necessarily the whole text To focus the reader on particular content of the text 4To test comprehension of the text To extract the key information from the text To prepare students for the following task Post – reading 5To present the content of the text To test understanding of the text by explaining to another student To give the text real world meaning by using it for communication What do you think? To encourage retention of text content through giving opinions on it To expand on the themes of the text
Pre-Reading Brainstorm – Your Ideas Pre-reading is one of the most important stages in the reading lesson. It can mean the difference between involved, motivated students and distracted bored ones. Look at the example text from Action Pack 8. Brainstorm a few pre-reading tasks that could connect with the text and explain their aim Activity/ProcedureAim
Creativity means that we value ideas and innovation. We try to be imaginative, inventive and resourceful in our approach. We aim to present the best in creativity, encourage people to be creative and to create new ideas in an atmosphere of trust. Here are a few of our ideas: Activity/ProcedureAim Discussion Questions Pairs or groups discuss ideas Students write questions and share with group E.g. Think of 3 inventions you couldnt live without. Introduce the topic Activate previous knowledge Personalize the topic. Generate more interest in the topic Make students more receptive Prediction Students write questions on things that they would like to learn from the reading. Questions can be used for gist reading, as students skim and scan the text for answers. Students answer their own questions or swap with another pair or group. Encourage prediction, provide a purpose and make the text more comprehensible Visuals Focus on the pictures or use other visuals of famous inventions and elicit vocabulary connected with the topic. Provide an immediate connection to the text Make the text more accessible from the start
During-Reading Rather than just reading a text to themselves there are a number of more creative and effective ways to tackle the reading of the text itself. You will each be given instructions for a task to be done during-reading. Read the instructions then explain the activity to another person with a different coloured paper. Task ATask BTask C
…Jigsaw Reading By reading information and then restating it to another person, we have just done another type of task called… This is another great way of focusing students on a text and encouraging them to read the test actively and for a purpose.
Creativity means that we value ideas and innovation. We try to be imaginative, inventive and resourceful in our approach. We aim to present the best in creativity, encourage people to be creative and to create new ideas in an atmosphere of trust. 15 minute Break
Post-Reading One of the greatest difficulties with reading in a foreign language is simply not knowing what a word means. Whatever the language level, this is bound to happen. So what can we do about it? What does vexillology mean?
Meaning from Context I went to the shops and bought some apples and ghorks. Heres an example of a simple sentence with a word that we dont know (and in this case its not a real word). What could it mean? and more importantly… How did you work it out?
The process we went through was… ghorks. Grammar Noun – Countable - Plural Context Shop with apples + ? Computers Fruit and vegetables - Probably fruit Lexis apples and oranges We still dont know if this is the right meaning but we can have a very good guess. Try with some more examples.
So, to recap… A reading lesson might contain: Pre-Reading During-Reading Post-Reading Brainstorming Prediction Questions Visuals Discussion Running Dictation Gap-fill Reading Races Reordering a text Jigsaw Reading Comprehension Meaning from Context Discussion