My students are newly arrived immigrants, mostly from Cape Verde, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Haiti and several other countries. I work with them to learn English through high-interest reading, practicing Stephen D Krashen's theory to effectively learning language. Our city is a bustling one, but has been hit with economic struggle in the past years. Some of my students are homeless or work to help out at home, yet they come to school to learn English.
Many of my students do not have their personal library and did not grow up with reading for pleasure.
One of the goals in my class is to introduce my students to books that are fun to read, all the while learning about some parts of American values and culture.
Having high interest reading material is important for language learning. Students will be able to identify with the students in this book because they, too, enjoy talking a lot. This book would be very useful for those in the class to discover other ways of communication and to decide for themselves if they can say more with less words.
I like the book No Talking because it is about students who take it upon themselves to compete in speaking less.
This book lends itself to good discussions about when is too much talking excessive and how is it viewed as well as what do we really say when we speak?
I believe my students would benefit a great deal from reading this book and discussing it in class. Unfortunately, my department has zero money to purchase new books and this is too long to photocopy. Having a class set of these books would be terrific and would be used in all of my classes so that all 100+ of my students would enjoy it!
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