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The Global Library Initiative

28 October 2015

It’s an enduring question which will plague English teachers at any Parents’ Evening: “how do I get my child to read?”  We know that with a love of reading comes an interest in the world around us and how we might fit into it.  We also know that access to good stories is access into a whole world of fun and discovery beyond our own immediate experience.  However, what often happens is that enthusiastic young readers become a little less enthusiastic and a little more, well, reluctant.

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Here at NAIS Pudong we believe that reading is as essential to the mind as nutritional food is to the body; without it we grow weak and feeble.  Recent research has shown that reading for pleasure is not just good in itself, it can make students better at all subjects including maths, yes I really did say maths!  So what can we do to inspire young readers to extend their repertoire and to keep them in the literacy club? 

Every Key Stage Three (Years 7-9) student has a golden opportunity to read in the library for one lesson every fortnight.  This time allows students to read and discuss their reading with their teacher and look to choose more challenging texts to support their learning in class. This session is now intertwined with Nord Anglia’s Global Library initiative where students across the globe can share their reading experiences in online forums, test themselves through quizzes and truly interact with texts and the ideas that surround them. 

Therefore, the English Department has launched the Global Library Book Club in all its KS3 classes as a way of encouraging good reading skills and to promote reading for pleasure as a way of under-pinning good study skills.  As they say, every hour spent reading is an hour spent learning to write and we think this initiative will help our students cement the love of literature fostered in our lessons.