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How to Improve Reading Comprehension? Team With a Theme

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

“We don’t read that much at school. Mostly we do our work,” observed Selena, a third grade multilingual learner (MLL). I knew the “work” she was referring to involved reading, but obviously she didn’t think it was real reading. I … Continue reading

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Optimizing Reading Comprehension for MLLS: 6 Strategies

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When my school first adopted the Reading Workshop, a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension, I became a proponent of this approach and worked to find ways to adapt it to … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: 7 Science Reading Strategies

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

There is growing interest in how to teach English learners (ELs) science in the general education classroom especially because science contains a lot of reading and academic language. The strategies I discuss here, including the four strategies from Part 1 … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Building Background Knowledge in ELT

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Why is background knowledge so important for reading comprehension? Background knowledge, the information and experiences we already have about a topic, helps us make links to new information. It’s a key reason we can comprehend text written at a higher … Continue reading

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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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Reading Challenges for ELs in the Age of the Common Core

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Learning to read in English presents many challenges for English learners (ELs) in the K–12 classroom, especially true in this age of high stakes standardized testing based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). ELs face many obstacles when reading … 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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