The presentation will initially focus on the mechanics and retelling process of writing a graded reader at a low level as well as look at the socio-cultural benefits of low-level graded reader versions of non-Western classic literature.
The presenter will then share how he approached the project to ensure a connection with a modern audience. Participants are asked to bring ideas for classic foreign literature that would be popular as graded readers in English.
Bio: Alastair has worked in education since 1984, with 11 years in the classroom. An avid reader and long-time proponent of extensive reading, he wrote a critically-acclaimed graded reader version of Botchan three years ago.