A slightly depressing thought.
I spoke to my students yesterday about why we talk about a reading passage after reading it, and don’t just move on. There are 3 of them, aged 12-13, in that class.
Their comments, and the order they came out with them, were quite telling:
- because we’re going to study future continuous (the grammar point on the facing page)
- because we need it later (i.e. as adults)
- just because
- because it’s about the environment and we need to know about that
When I suggested it might be to help me see how much of the text and the ideas in it they understood, they seemed quite surprised. They certainly weren’t particularly engaged in the topic itself (changes a boy and his family were making to their life to be more environmentally friendly).
[And yes, I know I shouldn’t necessarily have just done the next page in the book, but I’d been at home all morning because there’d been a small fire in my flat!]