Tag Archives: teaching reading

What’s Different About Teaching Second Language Reading to Adults?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Early in my career, I used to be jealous of reading teachers. They had so much native speaker reading research to back them up, they had curriculum, they had progress tests, and they had ways to diagnose deficits. In contrast, … Continue reading

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Assessing Assessments: 5 Points to Consider

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Are you preparing to begin a new academic year? For many teachers in the United States and other parts of the world, the answer is “yes.” Even if this isn’t the case for you, it’s safe to assume almost every … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Leveled Readers

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

As English language teachers, we often struggle with finding the right articles or reading materials for our classes, and when we finally do find something that matches our content needs, we then realize that the lexile level may be right … Continue reading

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5 Ways Phonics Is Different for English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Chalkbeat Philadelphia recently published a great article about the difficulties young English learners (ELs) in the Philadelphia School District were facing during the pandemic. What spoke to me in the story was a quote from EL teacher Shuxin Chen. She described … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Doing Read-Alouds the Right Way

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Early in my career, when I taught a self-contained class of fourth- and fifth-grade newcomers, I definitely did read-alouds the wrong way. I knew research showed the benefits of reading aloud to students, especially English learners. I knew reading aloud … 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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Using Technology to Promote Reading

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

There are so many excellent resources online for teaching all the various aspects of the English language and culture. I have previously shared some of my favorite sites and tools for listening and speaking as well as writing. This month’s … Continue reading

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11 Apps to Build Literacy for Elementary ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about online resources for building English learners’ literacy skills. I would like to expand on that topic by listing some apps that also help build literacy. It became apparent as I examined these resources … Continue reading

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