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Title: Books Books Books Using reading materials in the EFL classroom


1
Books! Books! Books! Using reading materials
in the EFL classroom
  • Presented by
  • Aj. Jennifer Lund
  • E-mail address Lundjen1_at_gmail.com
  • Cell phone 096-087-1444 (until July 7)
  • English Language Fellow
  • American Corner-Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat
  • 24 June 2008

2
Presentation Focus
  • Extensive and Intensive reading
  • Suggestions for using graded readers and
    storybooks
  • Creating and maintaining a library of English
    reading materials
  • Resources for further information

3
What is extensive reading?
  • Reading for general overall meaning
  • Reading for information and enjoyment
  • Reading easy material (less than 3 unknown words
    per page)
  • Reading is individual and silent
  • Learners are not given comprehension questions
    about their reading
  • Dictionary use is discouraged

4
What is intensive reading?
  • Teaching and learning specific reading skills
    such as skimming, scanning, pre-reading,
    post-reading, guessing the main idea, looking for
    rhetorical patterns, vocabulary study, etc

5
Benefits of extensive reading in a second
language
  • Reading fluency is gained, a skill that may be
    retained and used longer than speaking, listening
    or writing skills
  • L2 Vocabulary increases
  • Writing in the L2 improves
  • Cultural awareness increases
  • Intrinsic motivation to study the L2 because
    students can choose the material

6
Activity I think/I dont think
  • Reading English is difficult.
  • I should usually look up new words in the
    dictionary.
  • Reading out loud is a good idea.
  • It is easier to read about sports than science.
  • If I read fast, its hard to understand meaning.
  • Reading English is boring.

7
Choosing a graded reader
  • Graded readers are graded, meaning that they
    are written at different levels of vocabulary
    knowledge (number of headwords). Ex. Easystarts
    (200 words)
  • You need to consider level, genre, and variety of
    English.
  • There is also a summary (blurb) outlining the
    setting, characters, and storyline of the book.
  • Penguin Readers give all of this information on
    the back cover of each book.

8
Introducing reading material
  • Students may scan for information about the
    readers in small groups.
  • Teacher can pass out different books to groups of
    students and then give clues about a mystery
    book. Students have to guess if the mystery book
    is theirs.
  • Match blurbs with titles.
  • Introduce the title, author, genre of the book,
    then play 5 minutes of a CD recording of the
    book. Sts. can guess about the story.

9
Interactive Storybook Reading
  • Teacher reads a story and students are each
    assigned a word or character from the story.
  • When the students hear their word or character,
    they have to give some kind of signal.
  • To continue, students can act out their own
    version of the story or create a new ending.

10
Instant Book Report
  • Write this on the board
  • I read a book called______.
  • Its a(n)________story. (genre)
  • Its about_________.
  • The main characters are_________
  • In the story, there was a problem.____
  • I liked/didnt like this book because_____.

11
Instant Book Report continued
  • Give students 2-3 minutes to think first before
    speaking.
  • Students work in pairs and tell their reports to
    their partner.
  • Students can change partners if they finish
    early.
  • Partners can be required to ask at least two
    questions about the story.

12
Suggestions for creating and maintaining an
English Corner at your school
  • Add a bookshelf to an already existing library
  • Ask one teacher or librarian to be in charge of
    the book collection
  • Create a system so that many teachers and
    students can have access to the books
  • Start a Book Club (all members read the same or
    different books and discuss together)
  • Do a Reading Marathon in your school or class
    (students earn km. for reading a certain number
    of words)

13
Building your libraryTravel grants to Bangkok
available
  • Books for Thailand Foundation (Donated books)
  • Siam Commercial Bank, Saphakachat Thai
  • Branch, 2nd Floor
  • 1873 Henry Dunant Road, Pathumwan
  • Bangkok 10330
  • Tel 02-652-3301
  • Fax 02-652-3302
  • Emailbooksforthailandfoundation_at_hotmail.com
  • Contact Person Khun (Ms.) Amorn Saiyoi
  • Office Hours Mondays-Fridays, 0800-1630

14
Further resources
  • Bamford, J. Day, Richard R. (2004). Extensive
    Reading Activities for Teaching Language.
    Cambridge University Press.
  • Day, Richard R. (ed.). New Ways in Teaching
    Reading. Alexandria, VATESOL.
  • www.student-weekly.com
  • www.extensivereading.net
  • www.erfoundation.org
  • www.squidoo.com/extensivereading
  • www.ipl.org (Internet Public Library)

15
Recommended reading
  • Habibi (a novel) / by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • The Flag of Childhood Poems from the Middle East
    / by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Ayat Jamilah Beautiful Signs A Treasury of
    Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents /
    collected adapted by Sarah Conover and Freda
    Crane
  • The Best Eid Ever / by Asma Mobin-Uddin

16
Some Final Thoughts
  • He who reads widely has a gifted pen.
  • Unknown
  • Children are made readers on the laps of their
    parents (or teachers).
  • Emilie Buchwald
  • Reading makes immigrants of us all.
  • It takes us away from home, but more important,
  • it finds homes for us everywhere.
  • Hazel Rochman
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