In my advanced class, we’re still reading fairy tales. Today it was the Russian take on the three bears. I was reminded how everyone likes to read stories they know, and the Scaffolding Literacy system works well here. First we looked at the pictures for a given section and talked about them (in the way that I’ve learned from MovieTalk!). Then I part read, part told the story to the students, asking them to predict what was going to happen. Of course, they all knew. Then we read the story together. There were only a few new words, so we could move fast, but I relearned the lesson that the more people know before they read, the better! It reduces their anxiety and lets them have fun.
We used the same system to re-read part of a chapter with the adult class last night. I always think people are going to be bored by re-reading, but when they’re learning a language, they’re happy to re-read because each time the language starts making more sense.
Why do I have to keep repeating this? I feel as though I should know it by now!