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English Detective #48, Getting the Most from Reading Selections: Feb. 4, 2014
February 04, 2015
Getting the whole story
If you have an interesting article or other reading selection at a good level for your students, make the most of it! Have them read it once for the main idea, again to answer more-detailed or critical-thinking questions (TAVI), and again to examine some aspect of grammar, culture, word connotations, or any features that are outstanding in it(TALO).
Then follow up with an activity that builds on what your students have learned (TASP). Here’s a more complete explanation of the approach.
A great way to start a TAVI lesson is by asking interesting questions students will need the text to answer. That’s one of the ideas for getting the full benefits from a reading selection shared in the 2nd article. (His example using an article on sharks certainly demonstrates the motivational value of these questions!)
His follow-up article on using texts to teach grammar is also very interesting. I found the last two articles in his series a little less useful, but all links are given at the end of this one, in case you want to see for yourself.
Also, check out EnglishHint’s new Reading Comprehension Worksheets page. Right now most of the free worksheets are High Intermediate up, but I hope to add more Intermediate and High Beginner soon. (You might recognize a few from earlier newsletters.)
I’m very happy with the readings and worksheet packet I just finished on Medical Mysteries. As mentioned above, I tried the stimulating-question lesson introduction suggested in the 2nd British Council article.
If you’re interested in seeing it, but don’t care to buy the packet ($4.90) just email me (“Reply” to this newsletter) and I’ll send the intro questions, the article (on the impact of disease in history) that they refer to, and the extended follow-up questions. (I think there ought to be some benefit to being a loyal subscriber!) I’d love any feedback or constructive criticism on either the article or the questions!
Click here for Reading Comprehension Worksheets.
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Coming in the next issue: Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Readings for students on why it matters
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