One in three students at my school is impoverished. The city in which I teach is a host city to immigrants from several countries. Reading for enjoyment is essential for all learners but especially for those who have limited access to reading materials.
Currently, my department, World Languages does not have a yearly budget to purchase high-interest readers to accommodate all students in our classes that can be up to thirty people.
We write our own stories together in class but also need to read comprehensible leveled books that will challenge their comprehension skills.
My students adore reading when it is low pressure and include fun topics that relate to their lives and generation. They would be grateful to have their own French library to borrow from and do silent sustained reading every day.
Reading in French can be fun! The leveled magazines in this project will be used for a silent sustained reading time for the first ten minutes of class to allow reading for enjoyment. They are colorful, level-appropriate, and include subject matter just for teens.
It will make a difference in their learning because it will reinforce their comprehensions skills in a low-pressure way that will be enjoyable, not stressful.
They will be able to check them out and bring them home if they want more time to read.
When a magazine has an article that relates specifically to our curriculum, I will use the article, listening activities, and other teaching material provided with the subscriptions to deepen their learning experience.
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