First Literacy Two-Session Workshop Registration
Reading Whole Books with ESOL Students
A First Literacy Professional Development Workshop
Friday, March 10 and April 14, 2017
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
(Across from Boston Common)
Deborah Lerme Goodman, Cambridge Community Learning Center
Always an avid reader, Deborah has taught at the Cambridge Community Learning Center since 2001, and before that in China. She is currently CLC’s ESOL Curriculum Coordinator.
Rob Sheppard, Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
Over the past decade, Rob has served a number of roles in the fields of ESOL and adult education, including teaching in Japan and Korea and blogging for TESOL International. Rob has a Master’s degree in TESOL from the New School and currently serves as Interim Executive Director at Quincy Asian Resources, a community-based ESOL program.
Before students can read independently and extensively, most will need to be hooked on the idea of reading an entire book in English. This workshop will explore the concept of extensive reading - that is, reading texts for enjoyment over time - and will suggest techniques to give your students the skills and confidence they need to pursue reading on their own. Samples of adult-content graded readers and other suitable reading material will be circulated for review.
Session 1 will focus on how to use a whole book in a classroom setting with the goal of getting students excited about reading independently. We'll consider how to choose an appropriate book and discuss reading strategies. Participants will do some of the suggested activities to see just how fun they can be.
Session 2 will explore what extensive reading is and isn't, why extensive reading is important, and how to incorporate extensive reading into the curriculum. Rob will also share his experiences (including successes and challenges) in piloting an extensive reading project across all ESOL levels in his community-based program.
Participants will engage in hands-on tasks that simulate stages in the development of an extensive reading program.
A commitment to attend both sessions is expected of each participant.
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