Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is a Bagrut (matriculation) requirement and will help students become fluent readers and thereby improve their English language skills. Reading a book is an opportunity to travel to other places, times, and worlds. Reading for pleasure can be therapeutic, a means of developing empathy while simultaneously providing an escape of sorts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Reading should be an empowering, creative and engaging experience.
Teachers should make the Reading for Pleasure program an integral and regular part of the weekly schedule throughout the year and spark reading motivation. Just a few minutes of reading once or twice a week can make a difference. Encourage students to continue at home.
The Amal English department has established a library of books to serve Amal schools students across the country. The library includes a range of titles, on varying levels. Sets of books can be loaned to Amal schools for a period of up to 3 months. A school can get no more than two sets of books. Students are not allowed to write in the books. The books are wrapped in plastic covers and should be returned in good condition.
For a list of the available titles, including the level, the topic, and whether there is an online/audio version and teacher’s guide or notes, click here.
To order a set of books for your students, fill out the form: click here.
One of the first programs implemented by the Amal English Department, the Book Club encourages reading in English, and helped students to see the connections between language, literature and culture, as well as develop critical thinking. The Book Club was implemented in several schools in the Jewish, Arab, Bedouin and Druze sectors, and brought the students together to share their perspectives and opinions on the same book.
The program was implemented from 2011 – 2019, and is currently on hiatus.
This program was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.