Tag Archives: Extensive Reading

Reading Group new website

The ELT Online Reading Group was a brand new website. The Group grew so much in the last couple of years that we needed to create a new website that could accommodate all the online traffic and avoid the jam on TeachingEnglish. Besides that, as our Group approaches its 6thanniversary this August 2013, we thought of giving it a more interactive, more visually attractive and more user-friendly website.

These are some of the new features you will find on the new site:

  • An easily accessible Welcome page where you can register as a member and post your welcome message
  • Distinct discussion threads for short stories, poems and novel  extracts
  • New works uploaded every month
  •  Selected web links that bring you more information on particular works and authors
  •  A collection of downloadable lesson plans based on literary works and the opportunity to share your own lesson plans and materials
  • The ELT Online Reading Group own publications that you can read on screen as e-books or download as pdf documents
  • The Small Groups area where you can have your own closed online reading group for your own students or institution using our online platform
  • A direct link to the ELT Online Reading Group YouTube channel
  • Direct links to the ELT Online Reading Group  Facebook and Twitter pages

Join the Group at http://eltreadinggroup.weebly.com

I would like to thank the British Council for all the support, especially Paul Braddock for the tips and help to create the new site. Cheers!

I hope you enjoy the new website and enjoy reading the texts available there.

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Blogging on ‘Teaching English’

One of the seminars I’ve attended at the Open University this January dealt with the importance of getting your research to the ‘external’ audience. On of the possible channels to do that is to have an online website or blog which can be used to open the dialogue not only on the results of your research, but also on the process, creating an ongoing dialogue as the study develops. I think this is a quite interesting idea.

I already have my professional blog here and , even if the latest posts are all basically about reading, that is a much more eclectic space for all things ELT. Bookworms is my unpretentious literature blog where I just post the poems I like and brief comments on the books I read – very informal, very intimate. I also have a private learning blog, but that is for my own reflections and research issues. Therefore, another space was needed.

Considering that the big idea is to reach a broader readership, I thought that the perfect platform would be my blog space at the BC/BBC Teaching English website, where the Reading Group is also hosted. I have already posted there and the dialogue is open.

 

A Spiced Island

There is a very interesting discussion going on at the British Council Teaching English website on literature, assessment, critical thinking and so on. It was prompted by Fitch O’Connell’s post on his experiences with literature in Portugal with  Romesh Gunesekera. The title of the article is A Spiced Island and it generated a quite spiced discussion 🙂

Talking about Romesh, I realised that I hadn’t posted here any comment about the event at Somerset House last June. Romesh is the Reader in Residence and he organised an evening event called Translations & Transformations. I was really glad to be invited because it was a fascinating evening. Translation is not my area and it was a great learning opportunity to hear people addressing the issue from a number of different angles.

Discussing Graded Readers

For the last couple of months I have been giving a very humble contibution to a working group we opened in the Extensive Reading Foundation to review the principles and procedures of the Annual Award. Unfortunately, being a newcomer to the ERF. I fear I did not have much to contribute; I mean, comparing to my colleagues that have years and years of experience working with extensive reading and graded readers, I think I have received much more than given. Anyway, I suppose this is a beginning.

Still on the topic, this week we are having a fielded discussion on Extensive Reading and Graded Readers at the IATEFL LMCS Discussion List. Philip Prowse has kindly accepted our invitation and he has been sharing his ideas and provoking us to think about the uses, implications and scope of extensive reading in ELT. Extremely interesting! 🙂  I’m a firm believer in the power of reading and the more I think about it the more I’m convinced that it should be included in any teacher training programme at graduation level.