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The graded reader can provide several learning opportunities for the ESL/EFL student. Using background information, character exploration and Reader’s theatre, the following article will provide an overview of how through the use of graded readers, an ESL/EFL teacher can activate a student’s schemata to develop an appreciation for second language reading.
Time and time again through the years I have encountered kids who struggle to read, who hate reading and perhaps for that very reason are disillusioned with school in general, yet when they find themselves with a part in the show, the script they are given to read and memorize never leaves their side. The opportunity to be in a show sometimes provides the best - often the first - real motivation for a young actors to voluntarily pick up a book and read...thei
The competitive nature of modern society makes it imperative for all people to be well versed in three very basic constituents of education-reading, writing and mathematics. In fact, these are the foundation stones on which people build their careers and craft their stories of success. Yet, statistics prove that as many as 80% of students with Learning Disabilities have their problems in reading.
Today the term dyslexia is frequently used to refer to a "normal" child or adult who seems much brighter than what his reading and written work suggest. Instead of getting involved in the wrangling over a definition, one could simply use the "symptoms" below as an indication that a child has a reading problem and therefore needs help.
"Books make a complete man," said a man centuries ago. This holds true today as yesterday. Sadly, the young generation might have lost interest in reading books because more and more forms of entertainment compete for their attention. Movies enchant them, music and MTV grab their attention, and computer games challenge their skills. This is very disheartening, especially if we will take into consideration the vast amount of knowledge that we miss if we fail to read voraciously.
Learning to read doesn't just happen. It has to be taught through systematic, organized instruction. Reading is a skill which is built upon through stages and is an ongoing process.