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Offline vabbott2

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Reading/teaching a novel
« on: February 04, 2016, 11:17:36 AM »
Here is an assortment of links I found related to teaching a novel. There are some great ideas that could be adapted to the ESL/EFL classroom with additional scaffolding.


Introducing a book

Teaching a novel
Teaching a whole novel
  • This is an article from Edweek.com where a teacher advocates for letting students read a novel as a whole and drawing upon their reactions or experiences. The teacher briefly describes how to scaffold and support students through a potentially intimidating approach to tackling literature.
  • For EFL/ESL, I would think this might only work with upper level students with a realistic reading schedule and maybe a shorter novel. It's definitely an interesting idea.
  • http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2012/02/29/02sacks.h05.html
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Re: Reading/teaching a novel
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 01:28:53 PM »
Nice resources!!!!


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Re: Reading/teaching a novel
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 02:02:29 PM »
Thanks for posting this! I struggle a lot to teach fiction to students!

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Re: Reading/teaching a novel
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 03:53:01 PM »
Val,


Thank you for this post. I especially like the last point you made regarding teaching "whole novels" to students.


I remember when I was learning English, we got these books that were tweaked a LOT in order to "meet our needs". However, what ended up happening was that many of the books we had to read, that were originally 200-300 page novels, were shortened "according to levels" to about 50-pages books--almost like spark notes. These books were not enjoyable anymore, because they only offered the synopsis basically of each book, and the books ended up being so unoriginal and fake, that they took the enjoyment factor out of the reading experience.
This approach you pointed out would be so much better and it would offer a real reading experience to students.
Thanks again!