The Importance of Consistency in Free Reading Time

Students need time to read books of their choice. They need time to read in class, and it needs to be consistent. I’m talking about giving students time to read in class where they are independently reading books or stories that they choose, whether you call it FVR (Free Voluntary Reading), SSR (Silent Sustained Reading), …

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My Reviews of English Graded Readers

We know that reading is essential for language students. First and foremost, reading helps students become better readers. As Frank Smith has said, “We learn to read by reading.” Reading also helps students increase their vocabulary, acquire grammar implicitly, and learn how to write. Plus, it’s enjoyable! Time and time again, research evidence has demonstrated …

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Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR

At one of the two programs where I teach, we just finished a term, and I gave my students a survey to help me know what kind of class activities they liked the most and found the most helpful. I think it’s really important to do these kinds of surveys because it’s a way of …

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Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition

As a teacher, I’m committed to teaching language in the way that I think is the most effective. Based on my teaching experience and the research I’ve read on second language acquisition, I would say that focusing on providing students with comprehensible input and giving them opportunities to engage in meaningful communication are the most …

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