Reading the World Now- Reading Activites for English Language Learners


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This is presentation was given at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí's 2013 ELT conference on a new series from Compass Publishing called Reading the World Now.

The presenter at the event was Rebecca Elliott, we'd like to acknowledge her kind support and guidance in the development of this presentation. Lots of great reading comprehension extension activities herein!

We welcome your feedback on, on twitter @CompassELT, on our hompeage, or through email

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Reading the World Now- Reading Activites for English Language Learners

  1. 1. Today’s Topics • • • • • How do we teach reading comprehension ? What is reading comprehension? What are the steps to reading comprehension? What do good readers do? And…. We will take a look at Reading the World Now
  2. 2. How Do We Teach Reading Comprehension? Before … - Assume the after a student can decode, comprehension needs to be tested - Comprehension improves through the teaching of specific comprehension skills Now … - Students must be taught how to flexibly apply many strategies to truly understand the text.
  3. 3. Really, What Is Reading Comprehension? Language Knowledge Reading Comprehension Metacognition Fluency
  4. 4. How Do Students Develop Reading Skills? Independent Modeling ProcessOriented Guided Practice
  5. 5. What Do Good Readers Do? • • • • Use background knowledge to make predictions. Identify key areas in the text that they are reading. Be aware of, and familiar with, text structures. Monitor their own comprehension and adjust their reading strategies if needed. • Use a variety of reading strategies effectively. • Paraphrase, explain, and summarize information. • Come to their own conclusions.
  6. 6. What Are the Steps to Reading Effectively? Activate Prior Knowledge and Vocabulary Check Reading Comprehension Use Reading Skills Extension Activities Check Vocabulary Comprehension
  7. 7. Activating Prior Knowledge Activating prior knowledge is ESSENTIAL for second language learners. • Describe a picture (using specific language structures or vocabulary). • Give students 1 minute to brainstorm all the words they can think of related to a unit title. ARE YOU A LONER OR A PEOPLE PERSON? • Discuss pre-reading questions (from the book or have students generate their own ideas). CAMERAS CLICKING THROUGH THE AGES • Have students work in groups to predict what they think they will be reading about (general or specific). • For advanced learners, assign a pre-reading research assignment.
  8. 8. Activating Vocabulary Students need to know 90%-95% of the words in a text to be able to understand what they are reading. • Think about the unit topic. • Look at the layout (design and text) for clues about the reading. • Put words in categories (everyday words, academic words, new words, etc.). • Make logical guesses about the meaning of any unknown words.
  9. 9. Pre-Reading and Vocabulary Pre-Reading Questions:  Activates student schema related to topic and content  Perfect warm-up questions for small groups Vocabulary Preview:  List of target vocabulary  Basic recognition check/ definition matching
  10. 10. Reading Skills Now we are ready to read! How can we get our students to read for meaning? • Skimming - Reading for getting a general understanding of something (Newspaper) • Scanning – Reading to get a specific piece of information (Conference Schedule) • Intensive Reading – Reading shorter texts for very accurate details (Reading Comprehension Book) • Extensive Reading – Reading for pleasure, usually longer texts (Graded Readers)
  11. 11. Reading Reading:  An original passage containing the target words in context  Side notes with key information for added comprehension & learning
  12. 12. Reading Comprehension Activities How do you approach reading comprehension in your classroom? • Summarize students’ understanding of materials. • Ensure knowledge (main idea, details, facts vs. ideas, inference, author’s purpose). • Assess students’ understanding of a text through summarizing and note-taking activities. • Give students the opportunity to think about and process what they have read. • Let students express ideas using their own words.
  13. 13. Reading Comprehension Activities Reading Comprehension:  Comprehension questions including true/false/inference, main idea, fact/detail, purpose, summar izing/note-taking  Supports the understanding of the passages
  14. 14. Why Is Vocabulary Important? • Reading comprehension depends on the meaning students give to words. • The more words students know, the more they can read and understand. • In order to be able to remember new words, students must practice and apply. How many times do we need to see and practice new vocabulary and language structures to be able to remember them? On average, 15 times!
  15. 15. Vocabulary Review Vocabulary Review:  Reinforcement of target vocabulary through focus on context & practice/usage activities  Further practice of the key words
  16. 16. Free Supplement from the smart learning experts at Compass Media! Use our application to take a quiz available for each chapter Vocab screenshot Compete with friends and students around the world to get the highest score! Vocabulary review activities help to reinforce the key terms
  17. 17. Why Are Follow-Up Activities Important? • They integrate the skills learned throughout the unit through a variety of activities. • They reinforce vocabulary and grammar in context. • They allow students to reflect on what they have learned. • They allow students to apply other strategies to reflect on what they have learned.
  18. 18. Language and Discussion Language Focus and Meaning:  Extension activities focused on variations in target vocabulary word forms, grammar practice Discussion Topics:  Discussion questions for wrap-up and review
  19. 19. Features:  Three book advanced reading comprehension series  Each book contains 12 Chapters and 24 Units  6 pages per unit  Thematically organized paired readings covering a broad range of fields of students’ interest  Comprehension activities focused on recalling facts and details from passage along with making inferences of implied information and writers’ purposes  Vocabulary development activities specifically targeting mid-frequency and academic words  Language reinforcement and extension activities developed around word-form and grammar-based practice  Audio recordings of reading passages included on MP3 CD  A free App is available for each book for review, quizzes, and fun!
  20. 20. Reading Comprehension It is important to: • Preview the topic and vocabulary. • Read in different ways to achieve different goals. • Use a variety of reading comprehension activities. • Review the vocabulary within context. • Give extension opportunities. WHAT IS ONE NEW THING YOU WILL TRY IN YOUR READING CLASSES?
  21. 21. Thank you! @CompassELT