WHAT IS EXTENSIVE READING AND SHOULD OUR STUDENTS BE DOING IT?
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If there’s one piece of advice teachers rely on to hand out to students who are looking for ways to improve their language skills, it’s reading. Read, we say, and your vocabulary and grammar will get better. And we watch our students walk away, happy in the knowledge that we have just given them they key to becoming Advanced English language learners.
Except, what do they do with this nugget of information, this gem of wisdom, this answer to everything?
Two Types of reading: intensive and extensive
Just to clarify, there are two types of reading that can be done for the purposes of learning a language: intensive and extensive reading. Intensive reading is what we do in the classroom when we take apart pieces of text for language learning purposes – we study the language, discuss the meaning behind the grammar and talk about why that particular language has been used.
Extensive reading is the kind of reading we do in our first language (if we enjoy reading): we read for fun. That’s it. No examination of the language, no discussion of the themes and topics of the plot, no considerations of why the author used the present perfect in a particular sentence. No, we read because we want to know what happens in the story.
By telling your students to read in English, without any further guidance, there is every chance that (a) they will try to read their class textbooks, a Wikipedia page or Charles Dickens, and (b) they will read sentence by sentence trying to understand every single aspect of what they are reading.
And how much fun do you think that is?
Instead, we need to give our students guidance about what they could be reading, and how. Bring in examples of novels that you think they might find interesting or even just book reviews for them to read through. These novels should not be the classics (unless that’s what floats your students’ boats) but something more contemporary and approachable. If you are teaching teens, look at young adult fiction. If you are teaching university students, maybe they’d enjoy something on the bestseller lists. If you’re teaching business professionals, maybe a motivational book.
Then, let them know that they do not need to do anything else besides read. Reassure them they will not be tested on anything related to the book and you probably won’t even know if they don’t get past the first chapter. And that’s ok.
And that, theoretically, should be that. Hopefully your students will find the time and make the effort to read in English for their own pleasure and hopefully they will see improvements in their vocabulary, grammar and general language skills as a result. Hopefully.
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- 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.