Motivation & Creativity in Reading Lessons by Marisa Constantinides 

Saturday, August 09 2014 | 4:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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The Reading Challenge: Motivation & Creativity in Reading Lessons Reading is a key input skill in acquiring a foreign language. This presentation aims to look at a variety of ways of transforming reading lessons into more challenging and motivating reading and learning experiences. The ideas work well both with material from authentic sources as well as with material from coursebooks.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Are your students motivated readers? Why or why not?

2. What do you do to motivate them to read in class? Please explain with examples. How effective are your methods?

3. What do you do to encourage your students to consolidate language acquired through reading – in class and out of class?

4. Do you feel that coursebook tasks match up with the reasons readers choose to read a text in the real world? If not, how do you compensate for this?

TASKS
1) Share a link to a book that you have found your students particularly like and were motivated to read. Discuss the book and explain what activities you did which were particularly useful and effective.

2) Please explore the archives at http://eltchat.org/wordpress/ and learn as much as you can about #ELTCHAT. Listen to one or more of the #ELTCHAT podcasts here: http://eltchat.org/wordpress/chat-reviews/ As a task, write a few sentences about what you learned about #ELTChat and why you think you might (or won't) participate?

Marisa Constantinides is a teacher, teacher educator, conference presenter & ELT materials writer, Director of Studies of CELT Athens, a centre offering Cambridge CELTA & DELTA courses in Athens & online. Her main ELT qualifications are a Diploma in TEFLA and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Reading University. Marisa is a frequent conference presenter and keynote speaker and is one of the founding moderators of #ELTchat, a weekly discussion of ELT teachers on Twitter which was shortlisted in the 2012 ELTon Awards for Innovation in Teacher Resources. She maintains the following blogs: TEFL Matters, Teaching & Learning Foreign Languages, The Cambridge CELTA blog The Cambridge DELTA course blog and ELTchat Blog. She is @Marisa_C on Twitter & you can connect with her on various social networks, all listed on her About.me page http://about.me/marisa_constantinides


Language of instruction: English

Keywords: reading, teacher training, teaching

Discussion

Ashley Van Oordt

1. Are your students motivated readers? Why or why not?
I teach elementary school students in South Korea. Most of my students (about 90%) are not motivated readers. I think the reasons for this are that most of them are still learning how to read (i.e. learning phonics for beginners) and are thus not confident reading yet. The other reason might be because the need to learn their mother tongue (reading, listening and speaking) far out weighs the need to learn a second language.

2. What do you do to motivate them to read in class? Please explain with examples. How effective are your methods?
With the little ones, I do introduce fun books in class that we read together occasionally. This is done to inspire them to read more outside the classroom. With the bigger students, I do reading exercises in class at least once a week. We discuss together these exercises together. I'm also strongly considering formally introducing the Reader-Teacher program in class so that students can practice reading more at home.

3. What do you do to encourage your students to consolidate language acquired through reading – in class and out of class?
Reading exercises are consolidated with fun conversational games, board games that require a lot of speaking, as well as worksheets that are done in and outside of the classroom.

TASK
1) Share a link to a book that you have found your students particularly like and were motivated to read. Discuss the book and explain what activities you did which were particularly useful and effective.
One of the books I've read with the beginner students is, "The hungry caterpillar" by Eric Carle. Please see the you-tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYmvxP0AJISee more

1556 days 1 hours 5 minutes ago

Lisa Wood

Task
What I found out about #eltchat:
There is so much interesting, relevant and proctal infromation there that I can really make use of! I didn't even realise that I was following #elt chat on twitter (I need to brush up on my twitter skills) and I will definitely be attending some of the live chats every Wednesday. I may even nominate a topSee more

1760 days 14 hours 23 minutes ago

Lisa Wood

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Are your students motivated readers? Why or why not?
Not usually. Many of them are not even motivated to read in thier own language. I think it is for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they are teenagers and have many other things which occupy their time, for example, the distractions of social media and networking. They spenSee more

1760 days 16 hours 30 minutes ago

Charikleia Niouraki

Questions:
1. Some students are motivated but some aren't. Those who don't want to read find texts boring and they read them without paying attention. Afterwards, they don't remember many details.
2. I ask them pre-reading questions, so they have a goal to complete while reading. I also talk with them about the topic of the text and trSee more

1805 days 6 hours 51 minutes ago

Queralt Comellas Angeles

TASK 2

I listened to three of the podcasts, and I found http://eltchat.org/wordpress/ really interesting. The topics were very different, but listening Matthew Noble speaking about a bad lesson, or to Cecilia Lemos about oral correction, just made me think about my own practice, and how See more

1831 days 34 minutes ago

Queralt Comellas Angeles

TASK 1
TASKS
1) Share a link to a book that you have found your students particularly like and were motivated to read. Discuss the book and explain what activities you did which were particularly useful and effective.

For the school year 2013-14, for eighth graders we decided to read 'HOLES', by Louis Sachar. The students, as usSee more

1831 days 1 hours 27 minutes ago

Queralt Comellas Angeles

1. Last school year I had high-intermediate level students, and for three of the five terms during the school year we had D.E.A.R. Fridays (drop everything and read). 60% of my students were ACTUALLY willing to read, and at least 80% of them were doing so on mobile devices (ibooks, ebooks, wattpad -I LOVE WATTPAD--), so I could say that most of them were motSee more

1831 days 1 hours 35 minutes ago

Rosanne Dimesio

Where is the quiz for this session? There's no link in the schedule and I didn't receive an email.

1831 days 6 hours 55 minutes ago

Grace Leatemia Lekahena

Task:
#ELT Chat is a chat among teacher all over the world on Twitter. Follower suggest the topic of chat then chat about it for some time. Now, every Wednesday the followers log in to their twitter account and for an hour they discuss topic that they've selected before.
It's really interesting and I would love to join and try it.

1831 days 21 hours 21 minutes ago

Grace Leatemia Lekahena

1. Are your students motivated readers? Why or why not?
My students are definitely not motivated readers. They think reading is boring, especially if the topic is something they're not familiar with.

2. What do you do to motivate them to read in class? Please explain with examples. How effective are your methods?
Well, since they havSee more

1831 days 21 hours 29 minutes ago

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