Reading

LEVEL 1 STUDENTS CAN READ: BRANDON BROWN

Here is more evidence that level 1 students can read on their own, even early in the year. They begin to pick up on their own more than we are teaching in class. If they know much of the vocabulary in the novel they can do it. These simple beginner novels are just the ticket. This is the Dual Entry Journal Report of a level 1 student after 5 weeks. This one is from the first few pages of Brandon Brown quiere un perro, by Carol Gaab. They read in Spanish, but write in English to show understanding. Same level, same [...]

LEVEL 1 STUDENTS CAN READ: ISABELA NOVELS

There have been recent comments that level 1 students can not and even should not read novels. But they can and they should. We cannot just throw books at them. They need encouragement and modeling. They need some time and fun experiences with high frequency words.  And they need interesting and comprehensible books. But they can do it and when they do, magic happens, they begin to like it and they begin to pick up more than we could ever teach them. Here is some recent evidence from Spanish I students, true newbies. They picked a book that they could [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:12+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Books, High Frequency Vocabulary, Light Reading, Reading|Tags: , |0 Comments

LET THEM READ JUNK!

Every class is a multilevel class. Student reading levels are all over the place. When the spread is so wide, how can we possibly reach each student, challenging them in an appropriate way? By letting them read junk. I recently re-read some junk from my misspent youth. And it convinced me (again) that the time reading junk is not misspent. When I was in 8th grade my friend Rex excitedly told me about a book his brother had let him read: Tarzan and The Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He loaned the book to me when he was finished [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Categories: Differentiation, Reading|Tags: , |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #6

Readicide, by Kelly Gallagher What It’s About: Explains how our teaching habits are killing our students’ desire to read and how we can fix it with better methods. Quotable Quotes: “The most powerful motivator that schools can offer to build lifelong readers is to provide students with time in the school day for free voluntary reading (FVR).” P. 75 “Making sure every student has a book to take home to read is the single most important issue in our quest to develop young readers. If students don’t have books, they will never develop into readers. If students only read in [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Books, Books Every Language Teacher Needs to Read, Reading|Tags: |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #4

Reading FAQ, by Frank Smith What It’s About: A lifetime of research, thinking and writing about reading distilled into one short book. This book answers the questions we all have about reading and a few that we haven’t even known to ask. This is another book that is not about language teaching but gives language teachers the oomph to get their students reading more. Quotable Quotes: “We remember things best when they are organized with everything else we know, when they come with stories attached, rather than as isolated bits of information.” p. 45 “First someone reads to us, then [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Categories: Books, Reading|Tags: |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #2

Social, by Matthew Lieberman What It’s About: Explains the how our brains are made to connect with one another and some stunning implications of recent brain research, particularly in education. Not about language learning, but has important ideas that apply to teaching language. Quotable Quotes: “70 percent of the content in our conversations is social in nature.” p. 20 “Food, water and shelter are NOT the most basic needs for an infant. Instead, being socially connected and cared for is paramount… this restructuring of Maslow’s pyramid tells us something critical about ‘who we are’. Love and belonging might seem like [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Categories: Books, Teacher Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments