`Authentic' texts can help pupils hear the `music' of language
The Ofsted report Modern Languages: achievement and challenge 2007- 2010 was critical of reading in key stages 2 and 3. It found that in primary language teaching, the emphasis was largely on speaking and listening and "although there were good examples of systematically planned reading, these were rare". It also identified reading in KS3 as a "specific issue", singling out an underuse of "the wealth of authentic materials".
Reading fiction and non-fiction texts is important - it allows students to hear the music and rhythm of the language, experience extended exposure to the language, and participate in the narrative. And the key is simple - use interesting, accessible and appropriate texts. But where do we find them? The reading materials in textbooks, as pointed out by Ofsted, are often unsuitable.
Yet there are several options:
- Edit authentic texts written in the target language
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