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Reading as a hobby: Speaking Activity

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  1. Teacher selects a stimulus on the topic and gets students to look at the stimulus.
  2. Teacher instructs students to work on groups of three.
  3. Teacher gets students to imagine that they are the girls/boys in the picture.
  4. Teacher gets the students to discuss among themselves what books they would like to read and their reasons for their choice.
  5. While a group is discussing, the other students will listen to it and may provide their views at the end.


Sample Group Interaction

STUDENT A:   Hello (Jane), what book are you planning to borrow?

STUDENT B:  Hi, I am browsing through Agatha Christie book and I like the synopsis of this story.

STUDENT C:  I am borrowing a book by Jane Austen.

STUDENT A:  That’s interesting. Which Jane Austen book is that?

STUDENT C:  Great, you like her writings?  This book is “Pride and Prejudice”. What do you intend to borrow?

STUDENT A:  I have borrowed a Harry Potter book?  I can kill two birds with one stone. My brother is very keen to read this book so I hope to read it fast and then let him read before the date due.

STUDENT B:  That’s a good idea.  Which Harry Potter book is that?

STUDENT A:  “The Prisoner of Azkaban”.

STUDENT B:   That is my favourite Harry Potter book. It is a little frightening but it has full of mystery.

STUDENT A:    Is that so?  I hope I will like it.

STUDENT B:   Have you read this Harry Potter book?

STUDENT C:   No. I don’t really like Harry Potter books. Don’t you think they are childish?

STUDENT A:   Initially I felt so but now I think it is interesting.

STUDENT B:   True, you will like it if you read one.

STUDENT C:   Maybe, I will take your suggestion.


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About Girija Nair And Meena Mohan Das

Ms. Girija Nair is an experienced teacher of English Language in primary and secondary level since 1980. She secured her teaching certificate from Raja Melewar Teacher’s Training College, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (1980). She also has a  Diploma in ESL from University of Malaya, Malaysia (1987), a degree in TESL from University Pertanian Malaysia (1996) and a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology from University of Malaya, Malaysia (2002). Apart from everyday teaching, She also works as a  Teacher-trainer in various academic programmes organised at the Ministry, State and District levels.She is also well-known as an Examiner in oral and written forms. Sheis also actively involved in various co-academic programmes involving teachers and students. In recognition of her contributions, she has been awarded the Excellent Service Award in 2005 and 2008 by the department of Education in Malaysia.She has been appointed as a Master Teacher in 2010 and is currently teaching in Palong Timur Secondary School. She is also involved in preparing modules and exam questions at the state and district levels.

Mrs. Meena Mohan Das is an elementary school teacher in Malaysia since July1988. She was born in Kluang, a district in the state of Johor. She obtained her certificate in Teacher Training from Mohd Khalid Teacher’s Training College in Johor Bahru, Johor. Her first posting was in Kupang Primary School in Kedah where she taught for six months. Thereafter, she moved to LKTP Felda Kemelah Primary school from 1989 to 1990 and subsequently to Sri Skudai Primary School in December 1990 till present. She has been the Head of the English Language Panel since 1995 in the present school. She has also been a recipient for a Merit Award in 2006 for excellent performance in school.  She obtained her Bachelor of Education in TESL in University Putra Malaysia in 2002. In 2014 she graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia with Masters in Teaching of English as a Second Language.  The research topics done are “Use Of Mind-Mapping and Flashcards in Vocabulary Development among Year 5 Students” and “Process Writing to Enhance Writing Abilities among Year 5 Students”. She has co-authored a journal with Dr Shanthi Sandaran on “The Importance of Vocabulary Development for English Language Teaching and Learning: The Malaysian ESL Context”. 

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