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I immediately knew that damage control was in order. Also, judging from recent tests that our students have written, lack of reading was quite evident. I started doing some research around this topic and came to the conclusion that students may actually NOT know how to read. In other words, they don’t have sufficient skills to read through an entire text or book comfortably and confidently.
I decided to start a free class (that would replace our “Listen Up”) which would focus solely on reading. What would I call it?
Thanks to my regular and loyal students, they came up with the name “Read EZ” – playing on the name of my conversation class which falls on a Monday, “Speak EZ” J
- Do you read in your own language?
- Do your parents read?
Marta from Angola said that her brother is her hero, because he encourages her to read.
- What are you reading at the moment?
Sancha from Angola had The Ironing Man, which I used as an example.
Based on just the title and picture, what questions did they have about the book?
Tom & Marina (husband and wife) who live in a small village.
Tom works in London while Marina is a bored & lonely housewife.
What further questions do the students have based on this information?
To end the class, I then asked if they agreed with the student who said they see no benefits in reading.
The Benefits of Reading:
Helps to learn English
Understand grammatical structures
See the world through another person’s eyes
Open your mind
Develop emotional understanding
Escape from your daily problems/challenges