Motivating all students to read

Eric Verspecht

The regular classroom reading practice is associated with difficult texts full of new vocabulary and dull, follow-up comprehension exercises. In a typical classroom students usually have very different reading levels. Only few students can read at their level with enthusiasm and efficiency. This situation does not lead students to see reading in English as a pleasurable experience and is not likely to develop in the students an interest in reading. This workshop will get participants to look at several techniques they can use to make their reading classes more effective and motivating. The presenter will also show how his workshop will show how every classroom can combine the shared reading program with individualized reading instruction that allows all students to read at their level and to progress according to their abilities. The presenter will use activities of SRA Reading Laboratory, a proven leveled reading program from McGraw-Hill.