Saturday, August 25, 2007

Reading Treasures Show

This is a wonderful recording of an Alado session which took place some time in August 2007, called "Reading Treasures Show". Teachers from various countries talk about what they do to create reading opportunities for their students. I'd like to congratulate all of them on this wonderful work!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Developing Reading Skills

This month in Learning with computers we'll be sharing links to develop reading in English. (Gladys's suggestion)(Enchanting!)

Some of Larry's links: Put cartoon strips in order and answer comprehension questions. (Great!) It's not fully ready yet but focusses on reading strategies. a collection of online reading stories. Drawing conclusions. (simple but interesting) Predicting meaning Using a dictionary Reading Street signs a collection of stories from BBC collection of stories stories for kids the same TRUE story in English and portuguese side by side. SHORT stories. short stories graded by level.

These ones I found in Libardo´s blog: You can read, listen and watch a very exciting story. You are even asked to interact with the events. SUPERB! another interactive DETECTIVE story. Different stories to read and listen, 3 different levels. this story explains about opposites in an interesting way. Great stories. The time machine. I had great fun travelling in time!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Using Computers To Teach Reading

I wanted to share a few of the favorite sites I use to help my English Language Learner students develop their reading skills.

They are basically divided into two categories -- sites that explicitly teach reading strategies and test comprehension, and sites that offer fiction or non-fiction stories that have text with audio and visual support.

For the former, my favorites include:

* Reading Ring, an activity on the excellent Professor Garfield site. In this game, players have to correctly unscramble a comic strip and then answer questions about it.

* Into The Book is a work-in-progress that will eventually have interactive exercises helping students learn multiple reading strategies. Right now only the one of "visualizing" is complete. It's extraordinarily well-done.

* There are two sites that have multiple activities to help teach reading strategies. I have links to many of these specific activities, and the ones I mentioned earlier, under the English For Beginners -- Reading section of my website. However, it's worth checking-out the two sites that host them all, too. They are Study Zone Test Prep Center of New York and the United Kingdom's Embedded Learning Portal.

I have links to thousands of online stories that offer text with audio and visual support on the English For Beginners- Stories and English For Beginners Non-Fiction sections of my website. My favorite, though, is:

* Woodlands Junior School in the United Kingdom. They have many of the same stories I have on my pages. However, there's is much better-designed and attractive.

Finally, I'd encourage people to read here about my school's use of computers to teach reading to English Language Learners, which was awarded the 2007 International Reading Association Grand Prize Presidential Award for Reading and Technology.

Larry Ferlazzo