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From: William Dolbow (dolbow@mediaone.net)
Date: Tue Oct 02 2001 - 19:06:58 EDT

  • Next message: Opal M.: "[Teacher-TalkNovel] ESOL students and my classroom"

    Try to get them talking to each other, instead of responding solely in front
    of a large group.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Becky Jenkins <becki2179@yahoo.com>
    To: <Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org>
    Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 2:20 PM
    Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud

     

    > I agree with what you said about reading aloud to
    > classes. My supervising teacher reads almost all
    > short stories aloud to her classes. At the end of the
    > reading she usually asks questions about the work, but
    > in her advanced classes (surprisingly) they are not
    > eager to discuss. Its like pulling teeth to get them
    > into a discussion about a short story. Do you have
    > any suggestions on how to get them more interested and
    > talkative? These are eighth graders.
    >
    > Becky Jenkins
    >
    >
    > --- Englishteacher5@aol.com wrote:
    > > I've seen some of the older posts discussing reading
    > > out loud to our classes.
    > > I think this is a very important factor. We have
    > > different types of
    > > learners, so the reading may help some aural
    > > learners. In addition, this
    > > also gives them a sense of how language should
    > > sound. I find in my
    > > internship classes that many of these students don't
    > > quite understand the way
    > > standard English is supposed to sound. By giving
    > > them lots of examples of
    > > different dialects, we will expand their own
    > > knowledge of the language.
    >>
    > > This also can help when discussing a book. I think
    > > for many students, they
    > > are able to form opinions, but they can't always
    > > pinpoint where that opinion
    > > came from. If we, as teachers, state our opinions
    > > on a novel and back it up
    > > by reading an exceprt, that models appropriate
    > > discussion techniques, makes
    > > the students better critical thinkers and teaches
    > > them debating skills.
    > > Michelle Burt
    >>
    >
    >
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