Tag Archives: reading comprehension

Better Reading Comprehension: 5 Strategies

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’ll share five reading strategies that were helpful to me when I was an ESL student, and, hopefully, they will be valuable to your students as well.

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Adapting Folktales for ELL Learning Activities

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

We content-based teachers often struggle with how to make students focus on the specific reading skills we want them to learn without being distracted or overwhelmed by the language. This gets more difficult when my activity focuses on fiction, especially … Continue reading

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5 Sites for Using Mainstream News in ELL Classes

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Those of us who grew up before the Internet remember how our parents read newspapers and magazines. We may even recall that time we tried to read one but couldn’t make sense of most of the words. After that happened … Continue reading

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All the News That’s Fit to Teach: Reviewing News Sites for ELLs

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

When I was an ESL volunteer with a community program, I thought using brief articles from magazines like Time or Newsweek for reading activities was a good idea. They seemed easy to read and had articles about interesting subjects, right? … Continue reading

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Literature in ELT: Integrating Literature into Language Learning

Guest Author
Guest Author

A Guest Post by Sybil Marcus Sybil Marcus has lived and worked on four continents.  She taught ESL at the University of California at Berkeley Extension and at the Summer English Language Studies on the Berkeley campus.  She has presented at … Continue reading

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Reading Texts for Adult ELLs

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

When it comes time to find a text for your next adult reading lesson, it can seem that everything you pick up is either Finnegan’s Wake or Charlotte’s Web, with none of the in-between that your students need. We need … Continue reading

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Adapting Content for ELLs: What Non-ELL Teachers Should Know

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

A sad reality of being an ELL specialist in secondary schools is that our hardest working students are usually the ones who leave our program. We do our best to give them the skills they need to learn and demonstrate … Continue reading

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Teaching ELs to Summarize and Synthesize Texts

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Good readers need to learn to summarize text in order to highlight the important information that they read. In my last blog, I talked about teaching ELs how to determine what is relevant in nonfiction texts. They also need to … Continue reading

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Helping ELs to Learn to Ask Questions During Reading

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

This blog is Part 3 in my series about teaching English learners reading comprehension strategies. Because good readers ask questions throughout the reading process, I will discuss how to help ELs acquire the skill of asking questions before, during, and after … Continue reading

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Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about Reading Workshop and how well comprehension strategies work for English learners (ELs). Books such as Mosaic of Thought (Keene and Zimmerman, 2007), Reading with Meaning (Miller 2012), and Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvi … Continue reading

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