Here is what seems to be some well-kept secrets about reading classes. The teacher doesn’t have to be the center of attention. The teacher doesn’t have to “act” like a teacher, standing up front talking.
And most of all, students will not be bored or waste time if they are reading individually during class.
What students need from the reading teacher is someone who can help each individual student develop their reading comprehension skills. A student doesn’t need to listen to a teacher explain to the class parts of a passage he/she already understands but that a classmate doesn’t.
Students can get the maximum benefits from a reading class and from a reading teacher through a reading workshop. This workshop approach has proven effective at all levels and with students from over 40 countries.
One of the greatest advantages is that each student’s individual needs are addressed by the teacher during the class. Another advantage is that students are working on reading by actually reading. Also, they don’t have to wait for classmates to finish reading a passage or feel pressure to read faster to keep up with them.