LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||24/JUL/2009 12:17 PM|
|Assunto:||Aman - Strategies for learning|
"Graded readers" are very effective to help acquire vocabulary.
They are designed specially for the Elementary School ( 5 - 11 or 6 - 12 years of age ) students.
Graded Readers are based on the same stages that "native speaker" children go through as they learn how to read in the Elementary School.
Children are already fluent in spoken English when they start school.
There's an important focus on building strong readers in the American education system. Schools measure the students' reading ability at least every term throughout the school year.
By the time an American child is 10 or 11 he/she can already be reading at the High School level.
Teachers use a variety of fictional books, ranging from Harry Potter to even local authors.
I think the whole point is that if you want to learn "communicative" English then you can get "imported" ESL/ELT textbooks such as "Interchange" and "Passages" and master really well their content.
But if you want to read for pleasure to really increase your overall reading level in English then you can find books that you like, that have something in them to keep your attention.
A concerning issue is that maybe 90 - 95 % of the Brazilian students don't like reading at all even in Portuguese, much less in English.
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