OR A CLUB FOR GREEDY READERS
The G-READ is an exclusive club with strong rules, based on the principle of extensive reading:
A lot of Advice – Ratings – Curiosity – Sharing opportunities
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Follow the directions and remember:
Tell everyone about G-read Club!
CHANG THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT LEARNING THROUGH EXTENSIVE READING
G-read Club aims to:
- Expose learners to different kind of reading media (books, tablet, kindle/kobo…) and content (fiction, science, technology, games, comics, fairy tales, fantasy…); let the learners free to explore and choose what is most engaging for them.
Why? Active readers are more motivated to find out and apply different strategies to overcome the difficulties in decoding and understanding what they are reading, if they are engaged with the text.
- Let them explore different strategies of reading, by
- reading selectively according to their interest and goal,
- skimming / scanning / inferring the meaning of words from the context
- re-reading as appropriate / reading carefully in key places
- identifying important information/ using text structure to guide understanding
- monitoring reading continuously, being aware of whether or not they are comprehending the text
- building interpretations of the text as they read /building main-idea summaries
- attempting to solve difficulties by themselves
- by integrating ideas from different parts of the text making guesses about unknown words,
- trying to fill the gaps in the texts trough inferences and prior knowledge, etc.
Why? According to Grabe 2009, these are the most effective strategies used by engaged readers.
- Offer learners with many opportunities to share their understanding / opinion / evaluation of what they are reading by
- working in pairs/small groups
- reporting (both in oral and written form) to the whole class
- creating visual presentations (posters / draws / ppt slides / role plays, etc.)
Why? Sharing with others will help learners to build a personal awareness of their automatic process of summarizing, and to see reading as a strategic act.
- Scaffold your learners’ struggle with learning difficulties, offering them personalized materials / texts / exercises in order to improve their reading accuracy and automaticity.
Why? Through optional homework or activities/exercises/computer games and/or the suggested tips and strategies – that they would willingly accept to perform – they will improve their skills.
 Grabe, W. 2009. Reading in a second language. Moving from theory to practice. New York and Cambridge. Page 228