Olha Madylus, a teacher and teacher trainer specialising in both primary and secondary education, introduces her upcoming webinar entitled ‘Leading a horse to water and making it drink‘ on 5th and 7th March, where she will explore ways to motivate students to read and enjoy doing so.
How do we motivate our students to read long texts in course books and how do we ensure that students understand and enjoy what they read?
To our students a long text in a course book can be very off-putting. Not only does the length put them off but it may contain a lot of vocabulary they are not acquainted with and the tasks they need to do, e.g. answer comprehension questions, may seem too difficult.
Using examples from the Insight series, my webinar on reading aims to address these issues by answering the following questions:
- What is reading?
- What makes a text difficult and off-putting for students?
- What can we do before looking at the text to increase motivation to read and to prepare students for potential difficulties like a lot of new vocabulary
- What strategies can students employ to get a ‘feel’ of the text when they first meet it, putting into to context, to make reading easier
- How can skimming a text effectively help students understand text organisation in order to better navigate it
- What do students need to know about syntax, discourse markers and cohesive devices that will make reading easier
- How can students deal with new vocabulary within a text?
- How can students be encouraged to ‘read between the lines’, identifying implications in order to make inferences
- How can we personalise response to texts, to ensure that students do really think about its meaning, rather than just try to get to the end of the activity.
- How can reading be more rewarding and more fun?
So, if you teach reading skills and want some ideas on how to make your teaching more effective and reading lessons more motivating for students, do join me in this webinar.