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  • ESL Retraining ProgramOrientation to Graduate Certificate in TESOL
  • Academic Strategies I - Reading

    1. 1. Academic Strategies I<br />June 29, 2011<br />Trisha Poole<br />TESOL Course Coordinator<br />
    2. 2. Academic Strategies I<br />Academic reading strategies<br /><ul><li>Scaffolds
    3. 3. Concept maps
    4. 4. Graphic organisers
    5. 5. Reading online</li></li></ul><li>Academic Reading<br />
    6. 6. Hints for Academic Reading<br /><ul><li>Create a glossary with key words that you need to know/understand
    7. 7. Use pencil to mark significant parts of the text and annotate in the margins
    8. 8. Different coloured highlighters can be helpful – ensure the colours are purposeful and not too complex!
    9. 9. Read strategically and with a purpose – for an assignment, use the suggested reading activities, use a reading scaffold</li></li></ul><li>Scaffold for academic reading<br /><ul><li>I read … </li></ul>(key concepts and points of interest)<br /><ul><li>I think … </li></ul>(my response to these concepts)<br /><ul><li>Therefore … </li></ul>(what does this mean for teaching and learning and my practice?)<br />
    10. 10. Concept Maps<br />“Chain – a linear sequence of understanding in which each concept is only linked to those immediately above and below.<br />Spoke –a radial structure in which all the related aspects of the topic are linked directly to the core concept but are not directly linked to each other.<br />Net - a highly integrated and hierarchical network demonstrating a deep understanding of the topic.”<br />Figure 1: Concept map structures can be classified by one of three categories: Chains, Spokes and Network Structures. Kinchin et al. (2000), cited in Hay, B.H., & Kinchin, I.M., (2006) <br />
    11. 11. Graphic Organisers<br />Spider Map<br />To central idea plus supporting information<br />Series of Events Chain<br />To show a linear process or sequence<br />
    12. 12. Graphic Organisers<br />Fishbone Map<br />To show causal interactions<br />Network Tree<br />To show causal information, hierarchies, branching processes<br />
    13. 13. Reading Online<br />Text size<br />Increase or decrease text size so there is enough on the screen at a size which doesn’t make you squint!<br />Scrolling<br />Use the scroll function on your mouse to move down the page or the page down button.<br />Making notes<br />Use track changes to make notes<br />
    14. 14. Reading Online<br />Ergonomics<br />Take regular breaks – stand up or move about every 30-40 minutes<br />Set up your workstation so that you are looking directly at the screen<br />Consider the distance and angle of the screen<br />Optional ideas<br /><ul><li>Print off readings or parts that are harder to read
    15. 15. Copy and paste quotes into a Word document with a clear referencing
    16. 16. Adobe Acrobat (reader and writer) has PDF notes function also</li>