COD 2023 - D860

Webinar - Tackling Reading Difficulties Through Morpurgo's Novels

Upper primary and lower secondary school ESL teachers

2 sesiones, inicia: 07-Jun

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Ciclo: 2023
Nivel: A Distancia
Idioma: Inglés
Estado: Terminado
Lugar: A Distancia
Capacitador/es: Ms. Patricia Pena Koessler, Ms. María José Boladeras MA
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Sesiones Fechas Inicia Termina
1 07 Junio 2023 05:30 pm 07:00 pm
2 14 Junio 2023 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


Patricia Pena Koessler

Graduate Teacher of English at Primary and Secondary level from I.S.P “Dr. Joaquín V. Gonzalez.” Postgraduate course in Children's and Young Adult Literature at I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J.R.Fernández." She has been teaching Literature in primary and secondary school for more than seventeen years. At present, she is also teaching Children's and Young Adult Literature at Lenguas Vivas. Additionally, she is a Master's student in Literary Studies at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.

María José Boladeras

Graduate Teacher of English from I.S.P. Nº 7 "BG E. López" with a postgraduate course in English Language from Universidad del Salvador. Postgraduate course in Orton Gillingham at IMSE "Institute of Multisensory Education" in Atlanta, USA. Postgraduate course in Children's Neuropsychology and Learning Difficulties from Universidad de Morón. Currently, she is a Master's student in Learning Difficulties at Universidad del Salvador. She has been teaching English to students with learning difficulties for nine years.
Upper primary and lower secondary school ESL teachers
- To reinforce and extend students’ reading comprehension skills and habits in the mixed- ability class.
- To propose multisensory techniques together with literary activities that will spark the interest of even the most reluctant reader.
- To transfer the reading strategies used in the Literature class to all sorts of EFL lessons.
- To help struggling readers construct meaning when faced with literary or non-literary texts, while motivating and challenging avid ones, through a toolkit of engaging activities.
- To learn how to avoid using insipid and ineffective in-class reading comprehension activities that only discourage students from reading.
We'll be sharing how to:
- use literacy strategies through the Orton Gillingham approach to enhance struggling readers' performance when analysing literary and non-literary texts in the ESL class.
- help students develop their reading skills and ignite their creative spark by exposing them to various compelling novels by Michael Morpurgo.

Firstly, we will examine how our brain works when reading in a foreign language. Once having done so, we will suggest teaching strategies for all students to enjoy and benefit from the use of literary texts by Michael Morpurgo in the EFL class. We’ll be analysing extracts from The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom and An Elephant in the Garden. It won’t be necessary to have read these novels. We intend to show how students profit from the teaching of reading strategies used in the literature class and can transfer these skills to all sorts of texts.
Benton, Michael (1992) Secondary Worlds, Literature teaching and the Visual Arts. Buckingham: Open University Press.
• Dehaene, Stanislas (2014) El Cerebro Lector: Últimas noticias de las neurociencias sobre la lectura, la enseñanza, el aprendizaje y la dislexia. Buenos Aires: Siglo Veintiuno Editores.
• Maley, Alan (1993) Short and Sweet, Short texts and how to use them, Volume 1. Great Britain: Penguin Books.
• Ruttle, Kate (2009) You Can series: Motivate reluctant readers. Warwickshire: Scholastic.
• Zwiers, Jeff (2010) Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12. USA: the International Reading Association.