This forum is to discuss the activities provided in the chapter on Reading by Stanley. Take a look at all the activities proposed.
1) what do you think of them?
2) which one would you use in your classes? why?
3) how would you improve it for better results?
Take a look at contributions by other students:
I found very interesting the activity “readathon” (6.6), which learners will read a book they have chosen (important!) and broadcast some extracts live online in a virtual class. Inviting friends and family members to watch them is also important, and will be a lot more meaningful. Another activity that seems to be very interesting for learners is “reviewer role play” (6.8). They have to post reviews about places to visit from a website, for example. “Ask the internet” (6.10) is an activity that also called my attention. Learners will ask the internet about pre-selected topics. Once they have found the answers, they will share to the whole group, and afterwards design an online guide related to the subject they talked about.
I cannot help mentioning the activity “identifying text-types” (6.11), since it has to do with my MA research. I would even give a previous explanation for learners of what genres are, different approaches, as well as “features” of genre´s rhetorical structure, discourse communities, communicative purposes, among others. Although the focus here is on reading, this activity is also possible to be done with spoken genres.
Finally, and since we are discussing about reading/technology in this forum, I should mention e-readers. They are extremely useful for extensive reading in a sense that there is a special screen, and then the eyes don´t get tired. Plus, readers can have a whole library in a gadget at a really cheap price. I highly recommend it, folks!
Some of the activities proposed on Stanley`s book that I enjoyed the most were the ones related to QR CODE! So, as a matter of test I create one for you guys! smile
From the websites suggested by Stanley, I really liked this one. It helps you create a QR Code Treasure hunt, and it works offline, which is great for us!
Check it out: http://www.classtools.net/QR/