How to Encourage Students to Read for Pleasure
The big challenge for teachers is not simply getting students to read – it's getting them to enjoy it too. The National Literacy Trust has noted that becoming a lifetime reader is based on developing a deep love of reading at an early stage. (The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity based in London which works for educating the marginalised population).
"Research has repeatedly shown that motivation to read decreases with age, especially if pupils' attitudes towards reading become less positive," it said. "If children do not enjoy reading when they are young, then they are unlikely to do so when they get older."
For younger readers, their home environment is critically important. Here are some strategies a teacher can use to encourage the children to read.
Take the students for quizzes and competitions held for book lovers.
Do not pressurise the children to read. Children won't find reading pleasurable if there is too much pressure on them.
Showing students that teachers of all subjects read books, not just the English teachers, is really important.
*Reading to the class:
Teachers can read out for the class. Read some interesting parts from the book enough to raise the curiosity in the children and stop at a note of suspense. Ask them to read the book if they want to know the rest of the story.