Learner and staff participants of Reading Ahead 2016, received a certificate and a memory stick prize for completing this year’s challenge, presented to them by college Principal, Andy Dobson and Learning Resources Manager, Lisa Lawson.
Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn’t just about books – it’s about newspapers, magazines and websites too.
Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence. One in six people struggles to read. However, research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.
We had 136 people sign up this year, including including 65 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners, and four members of staff. Lots of different things have been read as part of the challenge this year, for example:
Below are quotes from some of the learners who participated in and enjoyed the challenge:
Lisa Lawson, LRC Manager said “This year we had 136 participants including 65 learners reading in English when it is not their first language. Reading Ahead is particularly challenging for our ESOL learners but they were among the most enthusiastic participants. It is wonderful to celebrate their achievement and encourage them to continue to develop their love of reading.”
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