How to get a young learner interested in reading?

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How to get a young learner interested in reading?

Postby jolynn_81 » Thu, 26 Jan 2006 09:23:11 -0500

Primary students used to ignore reading a long passage. How to get them interested reading it and then answer the questions well?
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Postby » Wed, 13 Jun 2007 12:01:43 -0500

You have to read to them first. When they enjoy your stories they will start reading. It just takes time.
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Postby Boke » Mon, 01 Oct 2007 05:16:00 -0500

pick stories that are interesting, read the stories to the students , use your voice to build excitement , with very young students I always feign ignorance and ask questions, the students always want to answer or correct me
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Postby Deborah the ESL Tutor » Mon, 08 Oct 2007 11:36:51 -0500

Build up the interest by using your voice and gestures to create dramatic effect. Young learners love to be entertained and if you are enthusiastic you can be sure they will be too! We learn most readily from example :D
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getting them to read

Postby sweetfeet » Thu, 18 Oct 2007 07:58:25 -0500

This may yield fruit:

Teaching teens I found them zoning out when handed a page of text, so I began cutting the texts into pieces and handing them only, say, a small paragraph at a time. They were more interested in seeing what would be next. Suspense.
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Postby english » Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:45:03 -0500

All of the posts above me give really good advice, I just wanted to add that whatever you do, do not offer your kids rewards for reading. This may work in the short term, but in the long run it makes them less likely to read because they will subconsciously think they were doing it for the reward, rather than for pleasure.
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