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From: William Dolbow (email@example.com)
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 <firstname.lastname@example.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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