Of the two suggested texts for use in a reading lesson with Entry 2 ESOL students, the text entitled â€˜Education in the UKâ€™ was selected on the basis of its content/relevance and on the grading of the language used.
Upon arrival in the UK, many ESOL students have little to no experience of a system of education and as a result, are often unfamiliar with many of the concepts present in the British education system, i.e. the fact that attending school is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16.The text â€˜Education in the UKâ€™ not only provides students with an opportunity to practice reading as a receptive skill but it also acts as an informative piece of reading material ...view middle of the document...
Being interested in the subject of a text can act as an â€˜incentiveâ€™ to read it. The more the students want to read, the more likely they are to read which in turn develops their reading skills. (Harmer 2007)
Activity: Students are asked to speak in small groups about schools/education in their country or a country they are familiar with.
2) Pre-teach vocabulary
Teaching vocabulary is more often connected with language lessons than with skills lessons however, there are those who argue that the pre-teaching of vocabulary is necessary in a skills lesson, especially reading. Not all unfamiliar words can be understood through inference and if, as is often the case, a text comprises several unknown items of vocabulary, the studentâ€™s ability to grasp a global understanding of the text is greatly reduced. So, to avoid rendering a text incomprehensible pre-teaching vocabulary is sometimes worthwhile.
Activity: Students are given cut outs of words and their meanings and they must match each word to its meaning.
3) Gist/scanning task
Scanning and skimming are skills readers use to find general information about a text. It is necessary that learners adopt the ability to scan for gist to avoid becoming bogged down with irrelevant information and to be able to extract main points/ideas.
a) Students must say where they think they would find this type of text i.e. in a newspaper, on an internet website, in a magazine.
b) Students must decide how many main points there are in the article and give a brief outline of what they are.
4) Intensive reading task
Intensive reading tasks are designed to allow students to read for specific information within a text.
Activity: Students are given several sentences must say whether each one is true or false.
5) Extension activity
By incorporating an extension or follow-up...