Following the suggestion of a poster on this forum, I started reading I Read It But I Don't Get It by Cris Tovain Really good book, full of helpful suggestions. One thing she says is that purpose is everything, which I agree with, but I often have a hard time finding purposes that motivate students. So what purposes do you suggest for your students? Here's some I've tried: Immediate purposes 1. Get ready for assessment based on reading 2. Get ready for next school year/university 3. Be more informed about the world to make better decisions Long term purposes 1. Reading at their jobs 2. Reading contracts/apt leases/tax forms (though my students, at an expensive private school in Bogotá, will almost certainly have someone do that for them) Vaguer purposes 1. The pleasure of reading/satisfaction of finishing a book (find these reasons only really work with students who already enjoy reading, though hopefully using some of those techniques in the book will help change that) Other purposes? Or certain techniques you have for selling the above purposes?