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Reading activities and strategies

Students read a text about the change to the new era of Reiwa using number of reading strategies. They then apply the information gained to a number of extension tasks.

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A reading task can be divided into 3 phases.

Before Reading
・Students activate prior knowledge (schema)
・Students develop motivation to read
・Students try to predict the subject matter of the text
・Students check the keywords/vocabulary

Reading
・Scanning
・Skimming
・Inference

After Reading
・Understanding
・Extension Activities

 

These are the original teaching materials created by The Japan Foundation, Sydney referring to the sites below.

①TOKYO SHOKO RESEARCH, LTD. 20190411
https://www.tsr-net.co.jp/news/analysis/20190411_01.html

②TOKYO SHOKO RESEARCH, LTD.20190401
https://www.tsr-net.co.jp/news/analysis/20190401_01.html

③jiji.com 20190410
https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2019041001198&g=eco&utm_source=jijicom&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=jijicom_auto_aja

④NHK Web Easy News 20190429
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10011880071000/k10011880071000.html

Reading_Text_Easy_Version (WORD 23KB) Reading_Text_Challenge_version(WORD 24KB)
Task_all (WORD 192KB)

Before Reading

Students activate prior knowledge (schema)
Using information in English, students expand their existing knowledge of the background to the text.

Students develop motivation to read
Using textual and visual information students connect the knowledge to their personal experiences/interests to spark their curiosity.

Students try to predict the subject matter of the text
Students try to predict what the text is about from the title/headline of the article.

Students check the keywords/vocabulary
Students check the vocabulary that appear in the text.

Task_Before_Reading (WORD 155KB) Activity_あなたは何年生まれですか (WORD 162KB)

Reading

Skimming 
Students apply the strategy of skimming which involves quickly reading a text to get a general idea of what it is about.

Scanning
Students scan the text to seek out specific information.

Inference
Students try to guess the meaning of unknown words and expressions.

Task_Reading (WORD 155KB)

After Reading

Understanding
Students check their understanding of the content and language of the article.

Extension Activities
Students complete activities that flow from the understanding of the article.

Task_After_Reading (WORD 155KB)

Created by Shunsuke Hirakawa with assistance from Jessica Leung. (Nov 2019)

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