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Five ways to find time for extensive reading in DP language A

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Encouraging students to read books they choose is hugely beneficial, but how do you fit it into the curriculum? Diploma Programme (DP) KSI Bogota English language and literature teacher, Mike Mackenna, shares his tips in the IB World Magazine.


Students who read for pleasure get all kinds of benefits out of it: They become more empathetic, sleep better, have higher self-esteem, and are less likely to be stressed out or depressed. As a teacher, you have probably heard of extensive reading and don’t need to be convinced of its value. You probably practice it yourself when you can find the time.

If the concept is new to you, extensive reading, or free reading, is a teaching method in which students choose texts to read for enjoyment rather than for assessment purposes. While the IB encourages language A teachers to give students choices regarding the books used for assessment, those choices are limited by the need to meet IB literary work requirements. Extensive reading, however, allows the students to read any text they wish.


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