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Book Flix St Andrews language after school learning

Reading for pleasure is on the rise among language learners at St Andrews Bangkok

Since 2020, the French Bookflix Club (ECA), designed and conducted by Ms Mabell with French First Language students (Years 2 to 5), has been positively reshaping students’ attitudes toward reading for fun! Learn more below...

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International research shows that reading for pleasure is important for both educational purposes as well as personal development. It is indeed a doorway to success in both school and life. Yet, according to the National Literacy Trust (2021), children today read less frequently than any previous generation and enjoy reading less than young people did in the past. While reading engagement has slightly increased during the lockdown period and with the uptake of eBooks, surveys from the National Literacy Trust have shown a correlation between school attendance and lower reading engagement. In other words, students feel that they have no time to read for pleasure at school.

Since 2020, the French Bookflix Club (ECA), designed and conducted by Ms Mabell with French First Language students (Years 2 to 5), has been positively reshaping students’ attitudes toward reading for fun! With up-to-date engaging books spanning across different literary genres and carefully selected based on readers’ age, level and interests, students are not only expanding their imagination and reading repertoire but also developing those key literacy competencies they will need once they land in High School. 

Reading for pleasure has a major impact on children’s reading attainment and writing ability, comprehension skills and vocabulary; at the same time, it also helps learners boost their self-confidence as readers, foster a culture of tolerance, respect, and mutual understanding
Ms Mabell - French First Language and MFL Teacher

From the choice of attractive books to classroom design and set-up, nothing has been left to chance in the Bookflix Club. This is a safe and socially engaging environment where readers simply enjoy reading, analyse what they have read by filling their “Fiches de Lecture” (Reading Sheets), recommend books to their peers and exchange thoughts and laughs about their favourite or least favourite passages. Readers’ efforts are also being rewarded through House-Points for best handwriting, drawing, summary, the number of books and pages read, and “extra mile” taken, for instance, reading a book recommended by another club member or one from a different genre. Those unable to join the Club can still tune in to eBookflix through their iPads, access numerous digitised books from St Andrews International School Bangkok Language Library, and nourish their reading for pleasure. 

Following the success of the French Bookflix Club and recognising the importance of building reciprocal and interactive reading experiences for students, Ms Sohee, from Korean First Language and Ms Christine, from German First Language, have also decided to champion the Bookflix approach in their classrooms, particularly through digitised books. 

The challenges experienced during lockdown greatly opened my eyes to the importance of embracing technology and new approaches to optimise reading outcomes. Through eBookflix, reading can now become an integral part of our learners’ lives. No matter if they’re sitting in a park, at the pool or on a plane, our digitised German books will be ‘light’ and easy to access by all our learners Ms Christine - German First Language Teacher

Ms Sohee also emphasised the importance of easy access for all when it comes to valuable existing knowledge resources.

eBookflix is appealing and responds to the demands of our young and tech-savvy readers. Students’ engagement and reading frequency does not only depend on what students read but also on how students are reading. Appealing visuals, responsive flip pages, and interactive activities such as book reviews and discussions all strengthen a culture of reading for pleasure. Ms Sohee - Korean First Language Teacher

Building communities of young readers through projects such as Bookflix enables our language teachers to appreciate further the significance of students’ reading experiences both within and outside of school. It has also led to a better understanding of students’ interests and preferences, consequently choosing and offering a more satisfying and diverse range of books in the language programmes. Finally, the positive experiences shared by students during the French Bookflix Club have strengthened our assumption that greater enjoyment of reading will also lead to higher attainment.

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