Narrow reading is a wonderful way to have your kids read without them getting bored. In 2004 Stephen Krashen wrote about it being a facilitator for faster acquisition: http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/narrow.pdf
Students read the same basic passage of several people but each with different details. They are exposed to more repetitive content, thus enhancing their deeper understanding of the vocabulary and grammar structures.
This reading works with three job applicants. The student learns about their skills and what type of job they are looking for. The task is to answer various questions (in English) that require them to have read each short passage a number of times and “narrowly”. It is best for an intermediate level student (Spanish 3).
My students really enjoy this and feel that they learn a lot by doing them. When I created this one last year, I shared it with my colleague, a veteran teacher who was retiring in a few months. He came to me with this look of disbelief after he had used it and told me that for the first time not only could he see what his students could do with the language, but more importantly, that they could. I agree!
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