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…… Continue reading My Reviews of English Graded Reader Series
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…… Continue reading Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR
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 is the best way that I can help my students. The problem,…… Continue reading Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition
When I first started an FVR (free voluntary reading) library and gave my students time to do free reading during class, I have to admit that there was a part of me that thought, “They’re all just sitting here silently, reading…couldn’t they be doing that at home? Is this a waste of class time?” But…… Continue reading Why should we give free reading time during class?
I’ve been wanting to set up an FVR (free voluntary reading) library for a long time now, but logistically, it seemed too complicated. Like most adult ESL teachers, I don’t really have my own classroom. I have a classroom that I use for the semester. But the classroom is also used by other teachers at…… Continue reading Setting Up My FVR Library
Last week, I wrote about why students don’t read more. Today, I’m writing about why teachers don’t encourage their students to read more—because, of course, one of the main reasons why language students don’t read more is because of their teachers. Teachers often don’t encourage students to read a lot and/or don’t provide materials to…… Continue reading Why Don’t Teachers Encourage Their Students to Read More?
I recently ran across Stephen Krashen and Haeyoung Kim’s article “Why Don’t Language Acquirers Take Advantage of the Power of Reading?” It was published back in 1997, but the issues are just as applicable today (though I’d like to think that we—language learners and teachers as a whole—are gradually moving in the direction toward taking…… Continue reading Why Don’t Students Read More?