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Interview with Jacquie Bloese

Jacquie Bloese Jaquie Bloese is a publisher, having put together the popular Scholastic ELT Readers series, published by RIC Publications.

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Jaquie Bloese talks with Russell Willis about the background of publishing the Scholastic Readers, how things got started and how it will develop in future. She also gives hints for Japanese readers on how to use the readers in a successful manner.

The interview was conducted in late October 2008 in Tokyo.

Russell
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background?
Jacquie
I'm the publisher of the Scholastic ELT Readers series. I have worked extensively in ELT for over 15 years, starting my career as an ELT teacher and then working at the BBC, Oxford University Press and Richmond/Santillana.
Russell
How did the Scholastic readers project start?
Jacquie
Scholastic is famous as a publisher of reading material, so it seemed like a logical progression from our established magazines business to expand into readers. We wanted our Scholastic ELT Readers series to reflect the same core values as our magazines: high interest, teen-focused, full colour material which motivates teenagers to read in English.
Russell
How did you find the writers for the readers–-are they teachers?
Jacquie
All the authors that work on the series are experienced teachers who combine teaching with writing on a freelance basis.
Russell
What makes the Scholastic ELT Readers special, in your opinion?
Jacquie
The Scholastic ELT Readers are unlike any other readers series on the market. We publish the only readers series specifically aimed at teenagers and solely focused on film and media tie-ins. In addition to the appealing subject matter, the readers also constitute a sound academic resource and a carefully graded syllabus. The readers are based on a pedagogical framework but also deal with contemporary themes and issues that reflect the lives of teenagers today.
Russell
How do you choose the subject for a reader?
Jacquie
We like to publish film titles which have both teen and teacher appeal. One of our bestselling titles, Billy Elliott is a perfect example of this. Teachers tell us that they love this title because it contains many themes that they can exploit in class, such as gender issues, the class divide, the North-South divide in the UK. Students love it because it covers coming-of-age difficulties which they can relate to: friendships, decisions about the direction of their lives and so on.
Russell
What's coming up?
Jacquie
We have 50 titles that are now available and plenty more exciting titles to come next year: Fast Food Nation, The Queen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Sense and Sensibility to name but a few. We will continue to publish the most exciting blockbuster films and TV series with teen appeal.
Russell
Do you have any tips or advice for teachers in Japan on how to use readers successfully?
Jacquie
The most important thing in getting students to read, is for them to read something which motivates and excites them, and to read lots. Our experience over our 50 year history of producing youth-focused material is that students will acquire language more easily and naturally if they are truly interested in the content.



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