Becoming a Reading Teacher: Connecting Research and Practice

Becoming a Reading Teacher

Connecting Research and Practice
 
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ISBN13:9780367473020
ISBN10:036747302X
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:230 pages
Size:229x152 mm
Weight:430 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 14 Tables, black & white
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Short description:

We look at reading in four different ways: as linguistic process, personal experience, collective experience, and as classroom practice. It will be useful for any teacher or reader who wishes to refresh their view of how reading fits in to the development of language and the development of a reading life.

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This book encourages readers to think about reading not only as an encounter with written language, but as a lifelong habit of engagement with ideas. We look at reading in four different ways: as linguistic process, personal experience, collective experience, and as classroom practice. We think about how reading influences a life, how it changes over time, how we might return at different stages of life to the same reading, how we might respond differently to ideas read in an L1 and L2. There are 44 teaching activities, all founded on research that explores the nature, value and impact of reading as an authentic activity rather than for language or study purposes alone. We consider what this means for schools and classrooms, and for different kinds of learners. The final part of the book provides practical stepping stones for the teacher to become a researcher of their own classes and learners. The four parts of the book offer a virtuous join between reading, teaching and researching. It will be useful for any teacher or reader who wishes to refresh their view of how reading fits in to the development of language and the development of a reading life.

Table of Contents:

List of Tables


List of Abbreviations


Series Editors Preface



Introduction


Becoming a reading teacher


Why should a teacher of reading engage with research?


Ten questions about reading


What this book is not


What this book is



PART ONE From research to implications



A Framing reading as linguistic process


Question 1: What are we doing when we read?


Question 2: What are the different reasons and ways people read?


Question 3: What knowledge do we bring to our reading?


Question 4: What is the relationship between L1 and L2 reading??



B Framing reading as personal experience


Question 5: Why and how do people read for pleasure??


Question 6: Can reading change the way we think and feel?



C Framing reading as collective experience


Question 7: How far and in what ways is reading a collective act??



D Framing reading as pedagogy


Question 8: What pedagogies are used in the teaching of reading?


Question 9: How should teachers of reading teach language?


Question 10: What does it mean to be an effective teacher of reading?


Our beliefs and principles



PART TWO From implications to application



A Teaching reading as linguistic process


Question 1: What are we doing when we read?


Activity 1.1 All in one: the shape of words


Activity 1.2 Word chain race


Activity 1.3 Learner generated word race


Activity 1.4 Run-on sentences: seeing and hearing sentence boundaries


Activity 1.5 Text shopping: what?s next in the text?


Activity 1.6 Reading aloud and holistic reading


Activity 1.7 Storytelling: stories without barriers



Question 2 What are the different reasons and ways people read?


Activity 2.1 Reading the landscape: noticing and acting in the linguistic landscape


Activity 2.2 Bits and pieces: choosing your favourite bits in a longer text


Activity 2.3 Wikipedia race: searching for something specific


Activity 2.4 Information slant: separating facts and opinions


Activity 2.5 Why I read: personal reading behaviours



Question 3 What knowledge do we bring to our reading?


Activity 3.1 Rhyme race: reading and sounds


Activity 3.2 Word bags: knowing about words


Activity 3.3 Language detectives: reading and language patterns


Activity 3.4 Text guessing: reading and text types


Activity 3.5 Reading between the lines: reading for nuance


Activity 3.6 Border crossing: reading culturally



Question 4 What is the relationship between L1 and L2 reading??


Activity 4.1 Book covers crossing borders


Activity 4.2 Text memory game


Activity 4.3 First language story sharing


Activity 4.4 Talking to the author: asking questions about a text


Activity 4.5 Comprehending across languages



B Teaching reading as personal experience


Question 5 When and how do people read for pleasure?


Activity 5.1 Feeling stories


Activity 5.2 The dream book competition: understanding reading preferences


Activity 5.3 Reading spurs and blocks


Activity 5.4 Profiles of lifelong readers



Question 6 Can reading change the way we think and feel?


Activity 6.1 Nobel Prize champions: books which changed the way we think


Activity 6.2 Re-reading over time: returning to childhood stories


Activity 6.3 Reading in layers


Activity 6.4 Personal reading histories



C Teaching reading as collective experience


Question 7 How far and in what ways is reading a collective act??


Activity 7.1 Performing reading


Activity 7.2 Dream circles: building reading circles


Activity 7.3 Choosing together


Activity 7.4 ?Reading shaping the child



D Teaching and training reading pedagogy


Question 8 What pedagogies are used in the teaching of reading?


Activity 8.1 Communicating with texts


Activity 8.2 Text activities: interacting with texts


Activity 8.3 Task-based reading and the real world


Activity 8.4 Activity detective: mining for principles



Question 9 How should teachers of reading teach language?


Activity 9.1 Genre-bending: unravelling text types


Activity 9.2 Language doctor: unravelling a text



Question 10 What does it mean to be an effective teacher of reading?


Activity 10.1 Finding a star teacher 1: criteria for stardom


Activity 10.2 Finding a star teacher 2: Asking questions


Activity 10.3 Star teacher of reading competition


Activity 10.4 Walking into the shoes of star teachers



PART THREE From application to implementation



A Becoming a reading teacher: connecting with others


B Becoming a reading teacher: know yourself as a reader


C Building reading resources


D Building a reading assessment strategy


E Reading for many kinds of learners


F Reading for different kinds of classes


G Reading outside the classroom


H Creating a reading culture


I Conclusion



PART FOUR From implementation to research



Introduction: researching as a teacher



A Researching reading as linguistic process


Research Idea 1: How does cultural knowledge help us read a text?


Research Idea 2: What are the differences in the way learners process LI and L2 texts?


Research Idea 3: Does translanguaging help reading in the L2?


Research Idea 4: How many words do my learners need to understand for a text to be readable?



B Researching reading as personal experience


Research Idea 5: What makes readers choose books?


Research Idea 6: What are the triggers for reading enjoyment in my own reading life?



C Researching reading as collective experience


Research Idea 7: Do reading communities make a difference to my learners?


Research Idea 8: How do my learners interact in self-run reading groups?



D Researching reading pedagogy


Research Idea 9 What kind of questions do I use in the reading classroom?


Research Idea 10 What are the qualities of successful reading lessons?



Final reflections: the virtuous circle



Reference List



Index