The Role of Reading Clubs to Develop a Reading Culture

21 January 2015 By In Language Blog
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Reading Clubs provide students with a platform to spend time together in order to share and enjoy what they have read. Such groups motivate students to read. Availing these opportunities gives them exposure to a variety of reading texts. At the same time, reading in groups helps them to improve their listening, speaking and writing.

To explain the impact of reading on an individual, I would like to quote an extract from the famous novel ‘Ink Spell’ (Funke, 2005):

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you have read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.’’ 

 

‘Reading Clubs’ can help to maximise the bliss of reading. This encourages students not only to become independent readers but also to value other group members’ opinions. It might be difficult for beginner readers to read large books at first. It would be better to choose a variety of reading material e.g. short stories, poems, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, brochures or leaflets etc.  Such reading material will help to develop a love of reading among students. Teachers have to remember that the fun element has to be there otherwise it will turn out to be the same traditional and boring routine that is followed in most of the classrooms.

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