A book-sharing period of The Dewey Schools Students normally starts with a question from the teacher that ‘What book do you want to share with our class today?’. The question is then followed by the passionate participation of Students who raise their hands quickly to get a chance to answer. This activity is no longer incorporated in Literature – Vietnamese Language lessons but instead, has currently been a part of club activities or a separate book sharing period in class, which accordingly facilitates Students’ access to books.
Ms. Huong Chi, a Social Teacher of The Dewey Schools (Cau Giay Campus) shared: ‘Reading practice has been introduced since Grade 1. At the beginning of the school year, teachers will send parents a list of recommended books that are in various genres and suitable for their children’s age. Every week, teachers offer their students chances to share their interesting books in 2 to 3 lessons. When one starts to share, others listen attentively. They raise questions and discuss them together. Thereby, students’ reading interest will be grown, and their language skills are developed.’
With an aim to encourage Students to read more, TDS has organized multiple reading activities such as reading club, book sharing time, Razkid reading accompanied by the ‘Read to grow’ award’, etc. Additionally, there has been great investment in all campuses’ libraries with thousands of English-Vietnamese books of various genres.
The creativity while reading helps students to find reading less boring. Teachers help Students to understand the true meaning of reading, approach reading in various ways, and later on accomplish other works. When children discover the benefits of reading, their reading habit will be maintained more naturally.
Khanh Vy, a student from 5 Boston, who has great interest in reading lessons, shared: ‘I really like reading lessons because I can hear my friends’ stories. I used to read slowly, but now I read everyday. Sometimes it takes me less than one week to finish a book.’