1st Edition

Using Reading to Teach a World Language Strategies and Activities

By Donna Spangler, John Alex Mazzante Copyright 2015
    190 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    190 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    To help your students learn a world language, don’t forget the power of reading! In this practical book from Donna Spangler and John Alex Mazzante, you’ll gain a variety of strategies and activities that you can use to teach students to read in a world language, boosting their comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Perfect for any age or proficiency level, these classroom-ready activities can easily be adapted to suit your needs!

    Special features:

    • A discussion of the challenges to teaching reading in the world language classroom
    • A variety of adaptable pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading strategies and activities for students across grade levels and languages
    • Essential tips for cultivating vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension
    • Reader’s Theater – a special chapter of strategies for implementing this exciting technique
    • A list of helpful websites and apps for world language teachers
    • Useful appendices, including reproducible material for your classroom

    Busy world language teachers will love this book’s numerous classroom examples, ready-to-use templates, and free online reading sources. Bonus: The book includes eResources that are free to adapt and print for classroom use from our website, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138853515.

    Meet the Authors



    Part 1: Reading in the World Language Classroom

    Part 2: Implications for L2 Teachers

    Part 3: Reading Strategies

    Part 4: Reading Activities

    Part 5: Reader's Theater

    Part 6: Resources, References, and Downloads

    Online Resources




    Donna Spangler has taught Spanish and French at the middle school level for over 26 years. A former chair of the Derry Township School District Induction Committee, she holds an educational doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. In 2011, she was named the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Educator of the Year.

    John Alex Mazzante teaches Spanish at the high school and middle school levels. He holds a bachelor of arts from Lycoming College with a major in Spanish. He has attended Tandem Escuela Internacional of Madrid, Spain and has completed translation work for local companies.

     What a valuable resource for novice and veteran world language educators! The book is filled with ready-to-use reading strategies to enhance learning and understanding in the second language classroom. In addition, these strategies reinforce and expand reading skills in the first language. The result is a win-win situation for students and teachers!

    --Jan Hostler Stewart, D.Ed., 2014-15 President, Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association

    "World Language and ESOL teachers of all levels will find this book to be a valuable resource. As many schools are implementing some form of blended learning, these strategies are ideal for teachers to use in individualized learning activities for better differentiation."

    --Linda Johnsen, former K-12 World Languages Cordinator for Falls Church City Public Schools