Reading Circles - a 'magic' formula for getting your students reading
Martin Bradbeer, Friday 14.30-15.30

Secondary school students often need to be motivated to engage in extensive reading in a foreign language. In this workshop we will look at how Reading Circles can provide that sustained interest and the techniques and material needed to set them up in order to maximise the limited classroom time that is available.

The Oxford University Press Bookworms Club (a winner of the British Council ELT 2008 Innovation Awards) comprises 5 levels, each containing 7 adapted short stories selected from the Oxford Bookworms Library. We will take a closer look at the Bronze level which covers stages 1 and 2 (A1 to B1) and includes the following stories:

The Horse of Death by Sait Faik
The Little Hunters at the Lake by Yalvac Ural
Mr Harris and the Night Train by Jennifer Bassett
Sister Love by John Escott
Omega File 349 by Jennifer Bassett
Tildy’s Moment by O. Henry
Andrew, Jane, the Parson and the Fox by Thomas Hardy

This hands-on workshop will illustrate how the Bookworms Club creates a reason to communicate and will provide a review of other resources available to help your students read their way to better English.

Martin Bradbeer, Cornelsen Verlag, Oxford University Press ELT coordinator for Germany and Austria. Martin worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Barcelona and Berlin for many years and also worked at the British Council, Germany, where he established a series of Reading Groups that are still going strong today.