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Using Reading to Teach a World Language
Strategies and Activities

ISBN 9781138853515
Published February 24, 2015 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

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,

Table of Contents

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



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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.