The first reading has a few purposes. I note feelings I get when discovery is delightful or difficult. I make a deck of jargon flip cards. I highlight as if I were a grad student. I note down which studies get mentioned more often than most.

The first, fast, reading helps me with subsequent readings. It builds empathy with the participants. I am assuming they will come in reading only a chapter ahead. I can see which ones to warn participants about, and indicate which ones will take longer.

I start to build a glossary, and since the digital version has a flip-card function, I use that for jargon or acronyms, just in case.

Keeping an eye out for the more important studies will help me in my second (deep, slow) reading along with some of the studies.

And finally, my notes will help me develop materials to aid participants in reading three. I will know when to move fast and when to slow down.

Today Reading (1:01 Ch. 10) and Blogging (0:21)

Previously: Announcement. Book. Selection. 3Readings.

I’m preparing an 8-week course about TBLT for iTDi as part of their Great Minds series (not mine, the ones in the book). I am blogging about the process of preparation mostly for the fun of it. I was inspired by Cory Doctorow, an SF writer that does this with all his books. But it also helps me focus. This is even more exciting than teaching a grad school course. I’m looking forward to it and hope this might spark an interest.

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  1. I’m loving it! Reminds me of when I followed Scott Thornbury’s A-Z of ELT and I looked forward to each blog.

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