ITALIAN NOVEL CURES
Absolutely fabulous! I am an English teacher Italian mother tongue and I came across your website by chance. First question: do you know any similar activity in Italian? One major sickness afflicting my 11-14 year- old students is not being interested in reading (and studying, of course) both in Italian and English. I tried many times with easy readers but very few of them take the challenge (no homework, just for the pleasure of reading).
Thanks for your advice!
Seeking Italian CuresDear Seeking Italian Cures,
Thanks for discovering our work. You will be delighted to hear that there is indeed an Italian Novel Cure, and it has just been republished in an enhanced edition with extra Novel Cures. Sellerio publishes it, and it is called Curarsi Con I Libri. This is the grownup Novel Cure, with reads for adults. Sellerio will be publishing The Story Cure too, but it won’t be for a little while. We understand the difficulty of encouraging teensagers to read. We suggest a few ideas to make it happen. One is to encourage parents to create a reading hour every weekend, during which everyone turns off their mobile devices and internet, then everyone in the family reads at the same time. Afterwards they talk a little bit about whatever they have read. Another suggestion is to encourage reading while doing other activities, eg hula hooping! We have become very good at that, and so have our children. Other suggestions are to urge children to read in odd places – on top of a playground slide, in a tree, in a hammock, in a canoe, on a horse…the challenge can prove helpful. Another route is to insist that teens read the book before they see the film – the film is the reward for reading the book – so books/films such as Mazerunner or Divergent must be read first, then the prize is to have a fabulous evening when the teen can invite all their friends around, have popcorn and drinks, enjoy a sleepover, and generally have a party.
These ideas are aimed at parents more than teachers, but perhaps they can be applied to the teaching situation too. Could you organise a screening of a film once all your pupils have read a particular book?
We look forward to hearing your own ideas and experiences as to whether these suggestions work!
All the best,
Ella and SuseWe prescribe – Curarsi con i libri – by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
Having a reading hour at weekends
Encouraging activities while reading
Enforcing the book before film rule