Reading to Children: Before

Learning Outcomes:

  • Undertaken new challenges.
  • Considered the ethical implications of their actions.

Goal: To read at least one storybook to the children, making them interested in reading.

This Friday, March 18th, a classmate and I will go to a public school in Bilbao and read in English to a group of fourth graders. I feel very excited about this activity, as I love books, and I think that this will be a wonderful chance to get young children into reading and storytelling. In addition to this, it will also be a good opportunity for them to practise their English skills, something that I am also excited to help them with. Still, I feel quite nervous about this activity, as I have never read to children their age before, making this a completely new experience for me.

I don’t really know what to expect from this activity. On one hand, it could turn out to be incredibly rewarding as long as the children get into the stories we tell them and have fun. On the other hand, it could be a nightmare if the children refuse to settle down and listen.

The biggest problem I can anticipate is that the children will not be interested by the stories we tell. This may cause us trouble, as we may not be able to control a bored class, being inexperienced in this sort of activity. However, I am hoping that the class’s teacher will help us out if this happens. Another problem that we could face is that the children’s English levels may not be advanced enough, preventing them from enjoying our stories. In this case, we may try explaining the vocabulary to the children before continuing with the book, or even trying to explain to them what is happening in Spanish so that they understand.

All in all, I am very excited about starting this unpredictable activity!


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