According to the book link you sent me, I choose 3 books as my reading options:
1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (330 pages)
The Hobbit is my first choice for a book project. I'm interested in this book because I'm a big fan of the lord of the Rings movies. This book has been on my personal reading list for a while. Unfortunately, I have been putting it off for later time. I think now is later.... I would definitely be interesting to see how Bilbo Baggins character evolves throughout the book....
This is just a blurb of one of the many emails I received two weeks ago. It's the beginning of a new semester, and that means it's time for my ESL 097 students to choose their books for their Book Talk assignment.
ESL 097 is a transition course. It's literally their last chance to iron out their English and writing skills before moving on to English 101. My students are diverse. Some come from Korea, China, Vietnam, while others are from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Colombia, Mexico or elsewhere. I love teaching ESL!
There are several objectives for the particular course, but one of them is to "read actively and critically using a variety of comprehension strategies to facilitate understanding of texts."
This will be my third time doing this assignment. As with all assignments, I learn ways to improve it. Over the summer, I learned how to create free websites (like this one), so I decided to put all the instructions for the book talk there.
I created videos and links for reading strategies, etc. One of the things I noticed last time I did this assignment is that my students needed more support in reading their books. Not all of them are taking a reading class, even though they're supposed to.
There are still a few bugs to work out, but overall, I'm happy with the resources I've included in this book talk instructions website.
This morning, I bumped into a student who took my ESL 097 last semester. I asked her how things are going, and she said fine. She's now in English 107 (English 101 for ESL). "You know, Kassie," she told me, "reading that book last semester really helped my English!"
If you teach ESL or know anyone you teaches ESL (or developmental English), share this link with them. You are more than welcome to enjoy the instructions, videos and resources.