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Offline mienjenwu

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Motivation for English Reading
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:57:37 AM »
This idea is from my past experience in high school, but I think other teachers may try doing this as well.  :)


During our summer/winter breaks, in order to motivate us to read some English books/novels, teachers would give as a reading list with different "levels" of readings on it. I think there were five levels or so, but anyway the readings were categorized based on their length and vocabulary. Also, there was a reading test designed for each reading, so after you read a book/novel you can do the test to get points. Of course, if you did a test of a higher-level reading you can get more points, and this motivated students to challenge more difficult readings. Our teacher set a minimum requirement for the points you needed to get during the breaks, but if you would like to do more it was also welcomed, and in the end the student who got most points would get a small award.


I think it turned out pretty well. The questions were well-designed (including multiple-choice and short-answer questions), so students needed to have a comprehensive understanding of the reading to pass its test. Therefore, for those who will be teaching English in an EFL setting, this may be a good activity for students during breaks.

Offline pinglinchuang

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Re: Motivation for English Reading
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2017, 10:42:17 AM »
When I was a student teacher, the instructor I worked with used a similar method in her class. She purchased many series of leveled books and asked students to pick three books each semester to read. Her goal was for students to reach a higher level by the end of the semester. Students were more willing to read because they have a lot more choices and they can earn extra credits if they read more than three books.


For English reading, especially extensive reading, arousing students' motivation is very important. Some teachers might assign a book as a whole class, but I don't think it's necessarily effective. From my personal experience, the topic and the level of the book greatly influences students' interest in reading. As the EFL classrooms in my country have various levels of students, choosing the right book for extensive reading activity is really vital. I believe the idea of leveled books is a great one in EFL/ESL settings.

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Re: Motivation for English Reading
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2020, 11:13:04 AM »
Hello!


Thank you for sharing this idea to motivate students to read during breaks. I believe is highly important for students to continue mastering their cognitive abilities during break time in order to continue bootstrapping what they learned in previous semesters with what is yet to know.


It would be interesting if you could share the list provided by the teacher along with the level assigned. It is important for teachers to be knowledgeable that part of the learning process is to understand when to take breaks and when to continue working. I wouldn't suggest an exhaustive list of readings in the breaks because it could be a barrier for students' enjoyment with their families. Likewise, I believe students should be assigned to choose a reading during the semester to add to the list in order to make it contextual for Free Voluntary Reading (FRV). The teacher could assign committees in order to divide the list of reading themes with general questions for students to follow.


Regarding the rewarding system this will definitely depend on the grade level. I believe in Montessori's approach of the joy of doing things without being told to do them. Unfortunately, this approach has been wrongly untaught due to the intricate relation of school with capitalism (you do something to get a reward; period). I think a motivator would be to have students read with their parents or family members and to share their insights during the first day of class. That way students will be able to share with their families, engage by spending time with them and increase their reading proficiency.


Thanks again for the idea,


Karla