Philip Prowse: Critical Thinking and Extensive Reading

Philip Prowse

What people read and how we respond to it.

Virginia Woolfe: “Reading has changed the world and continues to change it. When the day of judgemment comes and all secrets are laid bare, we shall not be surprised to learn, that the reason why we have grown from apes to men, and left our caves, and dropped our bows and arrows, and sat around the fire and talked, and given to the poor, and helped the sick, the reason why we have made shelter and society, out of the wastes of the desert, and the tangle of the jungle, is simply this: We have loved reading.

Philip Prowse’s interactive session explores how extensive reading can aid the development of critical thinking, with examples from Cambridge English Readers.

CILLL is an invented acronym for Content in Language Learner Literature. Original fiction dealing with controversial or sensitive contemporary issues can stimulate a genuine response to text, rather than using it as a pretext for language practice.

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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