“I’m excited about the club because I want read English books. I do not have in my home,” one seventh grader in Prizren, Kosovo told English Language Fellow Brooke Leach Grable. Grable had a solution for him: she and primary school teacher Venera Gashi started an English Book Club at Mati Logoreci Primary School. The club has 15 members in sixth and seventh grades.
 
The club meets each Friday in the school library. Currently the club is reading the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. During the club, the students read parts of the story and do activities to build their comprehension. They even do reading homework!
 
This reading club is important to the students because they have few opportunities to read in English for pleasure: most of their English reading happens from their class workbooks. Both Gashi and Leach Grable will work with the students in the club to think critically about and analyze literature in ways they haven’t been taught.
 It’s not just a victory for the students, but for their teachers, too. “Thanks for helping my Book Club dream come true,” Gashi told Leach Grable at the end of day one.

Related Stories

Fellow Elizabeth Plummer Makes an Impact as an Educational Technology Trainer in South Africa

Based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, English Language Fellow Elizabeth Plummer supports teacher professional development in technology at University of Witwatersrand’s Hub for Multilingual Languages and Literacies (HuMEL). Discover Plummer’s life as a Fellow as she manages a language laboratory, leads professional programs for local teachers, and mentors student researchers conducting projects in…

Fellow Bret Vlazny Fosters English as Diplomacy in Ramallah, West Bank

Based in Ramallah, West Bank, English Language Fellow Bret Vlazny is a cultural ambassador and visiting lecturer at Al-Quds Open University. Vlazny's placement has taken him throughout the region visiting university branches from Jenin to Hebron. Discover Vlazny's life as a Fellow as he introduces strategies for integrating classroom technology, delivers blended learning training for…

Follow Us on Twitter

@ELPrograms

If you could have any artist throughout history come to your classroom, who would you choose? 1969 saw thousands of… https://t.co/CjYS2fRKSC

2 days ago