During Reading Activities: Create Novelty with Simple Adjustments

The message for the power of reading is in numerous places.  Stephen Krashen frequently discusses the importance of developing a pleasure reading habit in his published works.  I’m convinced that if we can figure out how to connect students to reading in the target language, that our inadequacies as facilitators of input are negated.  Students reading advances acquisition much more than any well planned activity that we create.  Below are ways to facilitate reading in class settings.

Self Directed Reading – A form of Free Volunteer Reading (FVR) or Silent Sustained Reading (SSR).  Students choose reading selections and monitor and record their own progress.  Opportunities to respond exist with little evaluation to keep the focus on pleasure reading.

Popcorn Partner Reading – Student 1 reads a Latin sentence out loud.  Student 2 translates into English.  Students read for a set amount of time.  After the timer is complete, students can either switch partners or take another minute to create a question together to use to process the text as a group more.

True/False Partner Reading – Student 1 reads Latin out loud.  Student 2 draws a part of the read passage as either true or false to the passage.  When the timer goes off student 1 identifies if the drawing is true or false and discusses with partner 2.

Comparative Partner Reading – Student 1 reads Latin out loud.  Student 2 reorganizes the Latin sentence into an English word order.  Students discuss similarities and differences when the timer goes off.

Silent Read and Discuss – Use the power of silence to focus a class and process a text with deeper discussion.