Saturday, July 28, 2007

on reading reports

Teachers who assign the regular submission of reading reports to her students risk being secretly cursed and receiving dishonest work. It is a known fact that reading, especially when it is forced upon them on a regular basis, is no fun to many students. Result? They use all silly tricks to be able to "comply" for the purpose of passing the subject. The only way to ensure that they actually read and understand the story or selection is to ask them to give or share with the whole class its summary or synopsis.

I believe that the good old method of assigning reading tasks to students and asking them to give written reports of the readings is still one of the most reliable ways of improving student learning of the English language.

We should make our students read regularly whether they like it or not and it is only us teachers who can make this happen.

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