June 20, 2016



Academic Reading Circles, published with theround is a book available through multiple distributors. The ebook was first published on May 28, 2015 and print paperback on July 12, 2016.




Meant as a resource for language teachers, particularly in English for academic purposes contexts, the book provides information about how to implement Academic Reading Circles as an approach to improving higher level reading skills through individual and collaborative work. The book contains the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Background – How ARC came to be; Rationale for ARC
Chapter 2: Basics – Overall approach; The ARC components; The ARC procedure, Practical timeline
Chapter 3: Text – Context dependency; An exemplar common text for this book
Chapter 4: Leader – Role summary; Preparation; During the group work; Follow-up
Chapter 5: Contextualiser – Role summary; Noticing, assessing, researching, explaining context; Follow-up
Chapter 6: Visualiser – Role summary; Sourcing visuals; Follow-up
Chapter 7: Connector – Role summary; Activating schemata; Follow-up
Chapter 8: Highlighter – Role summary; Noticing vocabulary in use; Follow-up
Chapter 9: Interactions – Learner groups; Group work interaction; Teacher interaction
Chapter 10: Extensions – Generally helpful extensions; Pre-, during-, post-group work extensions
Chapter 11: Considerations – Confusion about roles, Superficial efforts; Absences; Group dymanics
Appendix A: Resources – links to online support
Appendix B: More – further reading


  • Learn through experience
    Chapters 4-8 (Roles) are explained and then exemplified on the common text provided in Chapter 3.
  • Downloadable resources
    Some chapters contain links to downloaded supplemental lessons to help introduce ARC or improve role understanding
  • Connect with others
    Join the online Facebook community to connect with others who are using ARC.

Watch a 22-minute introductory session on Academic Reading Circles, from the 2016 TESL Ontario Conference.

For more information the independent collective of creative individuals in English language teaching behind this publication:


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