Reading Agency ideas and resources
May 24, 2012 5 Comments
Networking with other organisations helps us to make our courses as interesting and inspiring as possible so it’s well worth sharing that the Reading Agency has some practical ideas for enriching the adult education curriculum by encouraging reading for pleasure. Their popular Six Book Challenge can be a stand-alone activity and is also a stimulating way of spicing up English for Speakers of Other Languages, literacy courses and other community learning.
There’s more information at http://www.sixbookchallenge.org.uk/ and plenty of time to prepare for next year’s Challenge.
The idea of book groups for adults who haven’t been confident readers is also worthy of further exploration. The Reading Agency’s ‘Find a Read’ database at http://www.readingagency.org.uk/findaread/ is a good resource showing the level of reading ability needed for each book, meaning that materials can be tailored by the readers’ interests and confidence.
It’s patronising and short-sighted to assume that people who are still developing confidence in reading might not become enthused by arts, literature, drama, history, politics or their community or want outlets to express themselves in a variety of media so these ideas and resources are very welcome.