Friday, March 3, 2017

TELC Stories: Nursen and the Literary Magazine

Nursen with Jose, who contributed to the Literary Magazine in 2016

This week, we feature Nursen and the TELC Student Literary Magazine on our #telcstories blog. Read the blog post and read below about how she uses the Magazine in her classroom.
One of my favorite things to do in my writing class is to distribute copies of the Literary Magazine from a previous semester to my students and assign it as reading homework. They are to read the magazine, choose one piece that they like the most, and be ready to explain why they like it. The next class, they get into groups and talk about their favorite pieces. Not only does this give them a chance to see good examples of writing at every proficiency level, but it also allows them to express their choices and opinions without the fear of being wrong. After all, that’s what we do in real life. We read, and we talk about what we read, without doing exercises or practicing vocabulary. I’ve observed that students really enjoy this activity. As a teacher, I especially like to see my level 3-4 students critique the content of a fellow writer’s work, hear how they relate to it, and see the diversity of their responses.
If any teachers are interested in doing a similar activity, Nursen can provide copies of the Magazine from previous semesters.

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