To answer your question, I am wondering if you are teaching English for the purposes of second language acquisition, or if you are teaching English as a literature and language arts subject. If you are an ESL teacher, I have a few suggestions based on my experience as a second language student abroad. I learned to read Arabic through listening to audiobooks and reading along. Pre-teaching difficult vocabulary is also helpful for understanding. Hosting discussions about the readings is also helpful. If you are teaching English literature, perhaps a good idea would be to assess what types of students you have in your class. For instance, if your class is predominately African-American, there are some great African-American writers who your students would definitely find interest in reading, such as Maya Angelou.
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