Developing Foreign Language Reading Activities

Developing  Foreign (World) Language Reading Activities (French, Spanish) wlteacher.wordpress.comI get lots of great language teaching information and ideas from the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC).  I find their information on creating reading activities particularly useful.  Here is a summary of the guidelines.  You can find more detailed information on the NCLRC website.

“Developing reading activities involves more than identifying a text that is “at the right level,” writing a set of comprehension questions for students to answer after reading, handing out the assignment and sending students away to do it. A fully-developed reading activity supports students as readers through pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading activities.”

  • Keep in mind that complete recall of all the information in a text is an unrealistic expectation.
  • Construct the reading activity around a purpose that has significance for the students
  • Define the activity’s instructional goal and the appropriate type of response
  • Check the level of difficulty of the text
  • Use pre-reading activities to prepare students for reading
  • Assess students’ background knowledge of the topic and linguistic content of the text
  • Give students the background knowledge necessary for comprehension of the text, or activate the existing knowledge that the students possess
  • Clarify any cultural information, which may be necessary to comprehend the passage
  • Make students aware of the type of text they will be reading and the purpose(s) for reading
  • Provide opportunities for group or collaborative work and for class discussion activities
  • Match while-reading activities to the purpose for reading

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