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  • Wlvers
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • February 19, 2020, 10:18:30 pm
    • Korea
Afterschool Book Club in these COVID times
« on: October 14, 2020, 02:16:05 pm »
So every year at my middle school they run a book club for afterschool class. Typically, students will consistently attend two days a week (Thursdays and Fridays) for an hour each time and it's generally a consistent group. I would just teach a book and read a couple of chapters each session, then assign some simple questions and discuss.

However this year, with COVID, I've been at a loss over what to do.

Reading a single book continuously is impossible. Some weeks certain students are there, other weeks they're not and are online learning. It's not a consistent schedule and there's overlap between grades' attendance so it's not possible to work out the logistics of planning for when each grade will be at school.

So far I tried starting off with The Little Prince but it quickly became a mess when students rocked up who'd never been before and students who started then weren't able to come for 3 weeks. I tried switching to short stories but it's very hard to find ones at their level that are brief enough to be covered in a couple of sessions. I tried printing out some simplified English news articles and discussing them, good for 3rd graders but 1st and 2nd grade aren't really interested.

I've tried to ask that we just abandon the book club idea this year due to the circumstances (it would be a lot easier to just teach one-off free English lessons) but they're adamant I do it.

Any suggestions for how I can make this work?


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4322

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Afterschool Book Club in these COVID times
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 04:48:31 pm »
yeah, maybe better to do single-lesson readings. i'd ask them what they are interested in and find some articles about that. or, just take find your own interesting themes

maybe try something like british council. some good ideas here

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/graded-reading

warm up
reading
comprehension questions
production activity based on reading
review