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The Intensive English Program (IEP) high-beginners looked proud for the first time since they had started the course months earlier, their e-books projected dazzlingly on the wall of the classroom. The adult-education class turned into a sea of raised hands and smiling faces, each learner eager to stand in front of the class and read the unique, colorful paper book they had created. The preschoolers clamored to read another story so they could draw a new ending to that one as well. What do these three groups of learners have in common? They are all excited to read more because they have been reading with a purpose: to create a new book based on the text they had just read and share their creation with their peers.

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