Reading for pleasure

Reading in pairs: Helping each other

Literacy learners talk about reading in pairs.

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Transcript

LEARNER 1

Paired reading is reading with another person. We sit and discuss what we've read, giving each other support to understand the story.

[Reading from a book] "Comparing Apollo's music with Pan's is like comparing a golden trumpet with a tin whistle."

LEARNER 2

When I read to myself quietly, I don't seem to enjoy the story. I don't seem to take it in at all. But by reading in pairs, it seems to come to life.

[Reading from a story] "King Midas ran through the long grass, pushed his way through the long reeds and leapt into the river."

LEARNER 3

Working in pairs, that other person can tell you if you've gone wrong, and you can do the same. One of the main things that I learnt to make my reading much better is to emphasize and not make it boring.

LEARNER 4

[Reading from a story] "His golden robe clanged and swung on him like a giant bell."

My fear was probably reading out loud in a huge group. The support we get from each other or from reading in pairs is very good and it's sort of given me a confidence boost, a lot. Reading in pairs is good fun as well. We enjoy it.

[Reading from a story] "… because it pleased him to eat off gold. When the food arrived, he clutched a wing of chicken and bit into it…"

Quick tips for tutors

  • Short film about paird reading.
  • Literacy learners discuss how reading in pairs enhances their enjoyment of reading.
  • May be used to introduce the topic in class and stimulate discussion around the featured story.