Taking students to the library makes for a fantastic field trip. Make sure you make the most out of the visit. The goal is to get students familiar enough with the resource that they’ll be able to access it on their own. Many librarians are extremely generous with their time and, if you schedule in […]
The newspaper presents great articles that can be read in class. However, often times, these articles are too challenging for our students. The article below is a great adaptation created by one of our teachers. You’ll find questions to round out the lesson at the end of the text. —- The Health Toll of Immigration […]
Giving students the tools for developing strong listening and reading skills means focusing on the following: reading/listening for specific information; reading/listening to understand the overall message; making and confirming predictions; monitoring comprehension and using strategies to overcome comprehension blocks; inferring intended meaning and attitudes; and using background knowledge and contextual clues to guess meaning. Here […]
The Listening and Dictation (LAD) project, based out of Seminole State College of Florida, provides a great website with listening exercises where students have an opportunity to answer questions and select sentences they hear.
Getting students to understand vocabulary through context is an important skill. Prepare by choosing a passage for your student(s) to read. Underline words that you think will be challenging for the them and create a list of these words on a separate piece of paper or on the board. Tell them to read it quickly […]
Choose an article or text that can be easily divided into several (4-6) sections. Make a note of the sections on your copy and choose a random order in which to read the text. For example, maybe you’ll read sections 2 then 4 then 1 then 3. Tell students that they will need to take […]
Choose a story or article that can be read in 5-10 minutes (1-2 pages). Preface the reading by giving an overview of the article. Then, tell students to write down important words that they hear while you read. Afterwards, discuss the words that the students chose. Facilitate the discussion by asking students to explain why […]
The New York Times website offers a neat program for teachers called “The Learning Network”. Stories across content are available with lesson plans. The site is a bit tricky to navigate, but you’ll find many options on the right hand side bar – including lesson plans and a post about how to use the website. […]
The News in Levels website offers short news articles written and read at three different language levels for beginning and low-intermediate students. There is also a teacher’s guide that helps teachers develop lesson plans and activity ideas based on the articles.
Reading chapter books with advanced level language learners can be a great addition to your classes. The list linked below was compiled with level 6 and 7 students in mind. The novels include high-level content to engage adults, but are written for young adults. It is possible to find on-line readers’ guides for many of […]