The benefits of Literature Circles in ESL

This is a great idea for older and more advanced students!

Creative Language Teaching

In the past two weeks, I have introduced in my classes a very important reading activity called Literature Circles. LitCircles are small discussion groups in which children regularly discuss books. Students talk about events, characters in the book, interesting vocabulary, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles help students engage in critical thinking and reflect on what they have read. Collaboration is the main goal. Students increase their understanding of the story line, learn to think actively during the reading process and make connections with their background knowledge and experiences. The group discussion offers a non-threatening environment in which they are not afraid to express their opinion and easily become active participants.


I have been having a lot of success with LitCircles in my class. I usually choose one book that we usually start with. The whole class reads individual chapter and with each chapter…

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