The Reading Challenge

Ref: C3676739

The Reading Challenge is intended to be used as a platform for learners to individually develop the skill of reading and to see how this activity can build knowledge, confidence, raise self-esteem and last but not least how new friendships can emerge in an inclusive and safe environment. There is something to be said by sitting comfortably with a good book to immerse yourself and can be as good as any other forms of relaxation as a therapy. You will have the opportunity of choosing your own style of literature from magazines, to comics, to novels, to newspapers to reference books and much, much more. Visits to the library and field trips will be part of your learning journey. You will very much work at your own pace but will be encouraged to read as much as you can when and where you can. It is hoped that reading, for you, will become a pleasure and a leisure time activity which you can take anywhere with you.

Course aim

To encourage learners of all abilities to see how pleasurable reading, within a safe and friendly environment, can be and how this can enhance health and wellbeing, as well as building personal confidence but more so how reading is so good.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is open to anyone who wishes to improve their reading ability either as a second language or for those who struggle with reading the English language.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Create a catalogue of your five books you have read during the course.
  • Create a short review to showcase, your five chosen books, either in words or pictures why you liked or didn’t like the choices and why.
  • Visit a book event to talk to authors and other interested people in the book world.
  • Work as a group to write a log based on your experiences of reading.
  • Work as a group to list the advantages of the skills of reading.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to visit your local library and undertake group discussions on a variety of topics.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • All my students will have individual learning targets to achieve in accordance with their abilities. They will be encouraged to highlight any difficulties they may be having. I will use digital activities, where appropriate so everyone can be included.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be useful if students could provide a note book and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • All students to be encouraged to bring their energy, enthusiasm and passion to the group and a willingness to ‘have a go'

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become a voluntary learning mentor for other people in your area.

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The Reading Challenge

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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