CI Reading Strategies

Reading in the target language can be divided into three phases: pre-reading, reading, and post-reading. Each of theses phases is important to contributing to student comprehension and literacy in the target language. Below is a list of reading stratgies which I have collected and written about on my blog (if there is not a link, it means that I plan to write about it).

Why is reading important to language acquisition? According to Krashen:
“Our reading ability, our ability to write in an acceptable writing style, our spelling ability, vocabulary knowledge, and our ability to handle complex syntax is the result of reading.”
I always say that reading is where the magic happens in language acquisition!
As Carol Gaab states, "The brain CRAVES novelty," so for one story, I may do 2-3 different activities for prereading, while I may do 5-6 different post-reading activties. For the next story, I will do completely different set of prereading and postreading activities in order to preserve novelty.  

PreReading (anything used to preview vocab/structures)
- TPRS/Ask a Story
- running dictatio

Reading (the actual act of reading a story for the first time)

Post Reading (anything used as a consolidation of the actual reading for review/reps)
- Circling
- Find the sentence relay
- embedded writing


  1. This is the single best blog post I have seen in all of my searches for activities linked with TCI. I am new to the teaching method and am constantly seeking ways to reinforce stories and structures while maintaining novelty (I teach Spanish and have quite a mix of native and non-native students in my classes). Thank you so much for the clear directions and your commentary and observations. And kudos for making a "dead language" so full of life!

  2. Thank you for putting this list together!