Tips for Using Graded Readers
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Reading is an essential skill in learning a language. Reading is necessary to be able to get by in a foreign language, even more so than writing which you can, to a certain extent, get by without. Unfortunately not everyone is an avid reader, and this applies too to our English as a Foreign Language students. Students often don’t like reading because they find it boring or too difficult in English. One way we can help our students get to grips with reading and enjoy it more is by using graded readers.
What are graded readers?
Graded readers are books which have been written with students of a certain level in mind. In other words, they are books pitched at a certain language level. They often include glossaries of the more difficult words for the readers to reference. They are often well-known stories which have been condensed and rewritten in simpler English.
How to use graded readers in the classroom
First, let your students choose their graded readers. If the whole class is reading the same book, give the students a choice and let them vote on which one they would like to read. While you can’t please everyone, by giving them a choice you are giving them autonomy and they are more likely to be interested in reading the book.
Make sure the book is at the right level for your students. If they read a page, and they don’t understand more than three words on that page, then the reader is too difficult for them. If they a read a page and they understand every word on the page, then it is too easy. Finding the right level for your students is crucial to ensure success. Nobody likes reading with a book in one hand and a dictionary in the other.
Just as the level of the book is important, so too are the activities you do with the book. Make sure your activities are appropriate for your students. Some people may not enjoy talking about books, so they won’t enjoy taking part in book club-type activities. Others may not appreciate reading during the lessons as they think it is a waste of classroom time. Think about your students and plan activities which will suit them.
For all learners it would be beneficial to spend time reflecting on the topic of the book. Young Learners enjoy being creative and can do puppet shows, make posters or act out scenes from the book. Adult learners can enjoy activities which build on knowledge learnt in the book, such as through a webquest or presentations.
Tackling reading in the EFL classroom can be tricky. It can be hard enough to persuade our learners to do intensive reading as part of a classroom activity, let alone extensive reading. Graded readers are just one way you can encourage your learners to incorporate reading in English into their daily lives. Hopefully it will interest them and open their minds to the learning possibilities in reading, rather than boring them to sleep!
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.