Deniz Altıparmak has been involved in ELT for more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator. She has developed reading based curriculums, implemented international projects and programmes, directed dramas and musicals. She is passionate about promoting reading skills and experienced in raising multilingual children. She has presented in Autumn Teachers’ Conference, Eğitim Teknolojileri Platformu and Eğitim Reform Girişimi. One of her particular interests is blended learning. She has graduated from the programmes “Blended and Online Classroom In The International School” by Principal Teacher Center and “Professionalism In School and Department Management and Administration” by Istanbul Kultur University. She speaks French, is learning Spanish and has translated many novels
Overcoming the barriers to effective (online and offline) extensive reading programs
TARGET AGE GROUP: 6-17 year olds
Everybody loves reading! Right? Or have you lost your students to screen time? Have social media and homework taken over their lives? How will you fit extensive reading into your programme and their lives? How will you encourage your students to be autonomous of their learning?
One of the best ways to improve the knowledge of a foreign language is to read in it extensively. Extensive reading provides contextualized clues for better comprehension and linguistic input. In this session, we’ll focus on what extensive reading is, why it is important, practices in and out of classroom to encourage students to read, ways to avoid book reports and summaries, and engaging school community to read extensively.
In this workshop, I will talk about extensive reading and its benefits on language learning, discuss the reasons why students in general do not read and how to encourage and engage them, show different approaches, platforms and activities to check comprehension.