Reason to Read – a genre specific approach to developing reading skills

16 Apr

In my recent talk at IATEFL 2015, I argued that the standard approach to reading in ELT is ineffective and that tasks which reflect a broader range of genres and more realistic reasons for reading are preferable, and I demonstrated a few tasks which reflect this philosophy.

At the end of the talk I promised that I would post the slides and pdf versions of some of the tasks I showed – so here it all is:

Here is the first of the pdf handouts.  This is a task / process that you can use with pretty much any text, though it might need some adapting in the information extraction section, depending what kind of genre you use it with.

Teflgeek – Reaction Reading

Here is the second of the handouts.  This is a pdf of a task / process that aims to help students deconstruct the why and what of texts – why were they written and what should they do with them.  It helps students approach texts critically and with the ability to conduct a more in depth analysis.  It should work with any text type and at almost any level.

Teflgeek – Text Deconstruction Handout


Finally, a video of the presentation is available from the IATEFL Online website.  The presentation was part of a larger forum on approaches to developing reading skills and I co-presented with Peter Watkins of the University of Portsmouth and Mike Green of Kansai Gaidai University.  Peter spoke first for about 15 minutes, then I spoke for 15 minutes and finally Mike spoke for 15 minutes.  We then had about 15 minutes of Q & A, which is worth watching for some quite key follow up questions!

The link is here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/forum-approaches-developing-reading-skills

And these are the abstracts for Peter and Mike’s talks:

REVISITING READING

Peter Watkins (University of Portsmouth)

This talk starts with the premise that the teaching of reading skills has changed little over the last few years, with a fairly predictable staging sequence to most lessons. We will consider not only what we do when we teach reading, but also why we do it. Alternatives to the presumed norm are then suggested.

PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEVELOP FLUENCY IN L2 READING

Michael Green (Kansai Gaidai University)

What do we mean by ‘fluent reading’ and how can we encourage it in the classroom? In this session, participants will sample a variety of simple exercises that develop the skills which form the foundation of fluent reading. These skills are applicable to all levels of L 2 readers in many different teaching contexts.

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12 Responses to “Reason to Read – a genre specific approach to developing reading skills”

  1. Anastasia Friday 17 April 2015 at 10:51 #

    Hello, David! I really enjoyed your talk (watched it today) and ideas, which were really something I haven’t thought of before. I think it could be a really good way to bring classroom reading to life. Thanks for the handouts and the presentation!

  2. Steve Pilton Monday 27 April 2015 at 22:36 #

    Thanks for the interesting talk in Manchester. I shared it with my colleagues last week and everybody liked it. It’s given me lots to think about, especially as I’m currently teaching a resting and writing class.

    • David Petrie Monday 4 May 2015 at 13:26 #

      Thanks for commenting Steve – I’m glad it was useful!

  3. sophieisidoro Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 17:06 #

    Thanks so much for this. I read about Reason to Read in Voices and then came to search for the worksheets on your blog. I will try to watch your talk as well.

  4. sophieisidoro Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 17:25 #

    PS Do I need to pay for the worksheets through Scribd or can I download them for free?

    • David Petrie Thursday 1 October 2015 at 12:45 #

      they should be free. I’m not currently charging for any of my downloads.
      David

      • sophieisidoro Thursday 1 October 2015 at 16:37 #

        thanks David but when I try to download Scribd says I have to buy membership in order to download them 😦 am i pressing the wrong button? By the way, I enjoyed your BESIG webinar on personalisation particularly the stuff on needs analysis. Saw it the other day.

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