Reading as a Social Practice for Adult Migrants: Talk Around Text

  • Kevin RoachEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)


A social practice approach to the teaching of reading is discussed through the classroom work of adult immigrants to New Zealand. Grounded in four strands of reading instruction, this chapter explains how the ‘human interest’ genre is incorporated into the curriculum. The chapter offers principles to help in the conceptualization of the approach and encourages teachers and learners to ‘talk around text’, which facilitates meaningful and invested dialogue. The approach is exemplified through specific news stories from the local community.


Reading Adult learners Migrant learners Newspaper stories New Zealand 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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