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PROGETTO DI LETTURA ESTENSIVA IN LINGUA INGLESE «READ ON!» 2012/2013

[2012/2013]


 

Visto il successo ottenuto lo scorso anno, anche per l'anno scolastico in corso si è deciso di dare ad altre classi la possibilità di partecipare al progetto in questione. A tale proposito si rammenta che Read On! vanta il patrocinio della casa editrice Oxford University Press e della Barclay Bank che ne hanno finanziato, nonché supportato la realizzazione, grazie alla collaborazione fattiva della Ambasciata Britannica in Italia.

Le famiglie degli studenti interessati sono invitate a condividere maggiori dettagli sull'iniziativa consultando la comunicazione allegata alla presente.

 

 

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I lavori presentati

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Lorenzo Bocale, 2A
Giorgia Casella, 2A
 
Giorgia Casella / Francesco Giglio, 2A
Maria Chiara Cancellieri, 2A
Chiara Stroppa, 2A
Concept: classe 2A • Montaggio: Valerio Santini, 4A

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Video di Cristian Sistopaoli, 2A

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Video di Alessandro Moretti, 2B
 

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I lavori sono stati premiati nel corso di una manifestazione che si è tenuta il 16 luglio a Villa Wolkonsky, residenza ufficiale dell'ambasciatore britannico in Italia, alla presenza del Ministro Maria Chiara Carrozza.

I ragazzi ne sono rimasti entusiasti... anche perché sono stati premiati come seconda scuola su Roma per l'impegno profuso nel progetto

Di seguito presentiamo le immagini più significative dell'evento, scaricabili anche in cartella .zip

 

Altre immagini dell'evento sono disponibili sulla pagina "UK in Italy" di Flickr.com dedicata al "Read on! 2013": http://flickr.com/gp/ukinitaly/EgYALi/


Read-on: a sky-fall into a stream of words

Have you ever tried bungee-jumping? Imagine you can say you have, just because you have experienced a sky-fall into a stream of words.

It is hard for a teacher to realize that reading is no longer a common activity for students. Yet it can become a common activity, as students are curious and they are always looking for "new" teaching approaches. Some could say there is nothing innovative about reading. Which is true, if you already read!

The Extensive Reading project is one "innovative" way of teaching, which gives astonishing results and arises interest in teenagers normally engaged in other hobbies, miles away from reading a book. What is new about the Read-on project? It is totally student-focused. The books they choose become their own and beloved teachers. What we as teachers would like to become for each of our student!

Expecting that "reading a million words a year makes a difference with your English" becomes the most important motivation, that everybody who approaches this project should have. As a matter of fact students organize and make personal competitions to read more than the others, they would like to achieve the "best reader" award, as well as the other certificates of merit. They follow the activities proposed with interest and they are really motivated in doing exercises, in creating slogans, in working out reviews, posters, slides or videos; they do not even realize they are learning. Thanks to this idea of teaching meanwhile reading, we make true what Roosvelt stated "Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are". We, as teachers, can teach with books in classrooms!

The E.R. classrooms atmosphere is relaxed, more confidential, motivating both for students and teachers and it is contaminating for many other pupils and their families, who are asking to join the project. Some may wonder, if we are differently motivated in our job: yes, we are! Teachers can have an edge over, only if they really believe in what they do.

We can also confirm that this project works well in mixed ability classes and it could help especially dyslexic students, who are the most reticent in reading, as they consider it too hard. Imagine what a great satisfaction is observing them choosing books, improving their relationships with other classmates, joining activities, taking part to the didactic dialogue, even outside the E.R. context. What emerges from their works is their immense capacity of creativity. They are eager to

learn in a "different" way and they are like sponges; as teachers we have witnessed their process of becoming "addicted" to reading!

One of our students has defined reading as "brain food", a healthy diet for everybody to be on. So why not giving to as many students as possible this opportunity? We have tried and we enthusiastically will continue working on this project, trying to do our best, grateful to all the people who have made it possible. Starting from the "pulsating-heart" of this project, Mrs Nina Prentice, and the "power-engine" Donatella Fitzgerald, as well as all the other colleagues, who have been trained with us and become supporting mates. A useful resource may be the Read on website www.oup.it/readon, where you can easily find inspiration for practical activities and games to involve also the most reluctant students. That is where we have also come across some useful guidelines and interesting feedback from other teachers/students involved in the project. In case you want to see what our students have made up on their own, you can visit our school website: www.itasgaribaldi-roma.it and the specific area Read-On Extensive Reading.

 

Settore/referenti: Cinzia Azzaretto - Federica Consolini

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