Thursday, January 13, 2011

Workshop outline


Teacher qualities/Teacher strategies

Good teacher exercise (workshop)

Good teacher supplement
Our compiled list: A good teacher:

Teacher strategies

A good reading teacher:
What do we want? What are we aiming for? (our goals defined)

Motivation of students

We must not only teach how to read, but also why to read.
Choosing your materials well is probably the most important thing you can do; it will give students motivation to read whatever they want. Two ideas: Choose the kinds of things everyone likes (crime, pop, MJ, etc.), or, go to truly inspire them. What are they interested in? Who do they want to become? What part of themselves
would they like to develop?

Choosing topics
Choosing articles

Incorporating principles of Extensive Reading into classes

When you are tied to a textbook
When your students have an attitude about all reading
When your students have no patience for novels

Making Exercises / Assessment

Open-ended questions/what we strive for

rephrase reading; ensure understanding
develop active use of important vocabulary

Multiple choice questions/what we strive for

rephrase important ideas; increase reading load

no tricks; just develop straight reading skills
main ideas? make sure they are covered

Writing multiple-choice questions, Practical Assessment

Wiki People Exercise

These biographies have been copied from Wikipedia.
Make reading exercises out of them. We will put them on the Wiki people reader blog. Study the way we make multiple-choice exercises. Choose the people your students would like to read about.

Our wiki people exercises

*Feel free to continue this project or to join us. It is considered an ongoing project. The purpose is to not only collect as many of these as possible, but to be able to compare, and work on, exercises that accompany them, so that we get better at distilling interesting information from readings, presenting it in simple language, testing comprehension, provoking discussion, etc. At this blog, we will link to all and any others that you make and put on the web; the agreement is that any contributing teacher can print and use them.


Cloze/ Grammar Cloze

Cloze test home page
Luecky- create a cloze test

What goes wrong in assessment

Methods of cheating
Methods of doing well in assessment w/out reading
People who always get everything wrong

Putting quizzes on the web

Hot potatoes
CESL Reading Quizzes
Example reading & Quiz: Three Friends

Assessment links

Practical Assessment online

Student Skills (list from Mikulecky, below)

Context clues
Pronoun Reference
Using text organization
Using topic sentences

Previewing and predicting
Identifying genre
Identifying main topics and details
Stating the main idea

Drawing inferences
Reading critically
Reading faster
Adjusting reading rate

Word-attack skills

Lesson Plans

Lesson Resource page, CESL

funfonix, copyable lessons on phonics

phonics worksheets,

other sources
Agendaweb, free exercises


Teachers' reading site, CESL

Extensive Reading materials page
Tom Robb's online Reading lab
ESL Reading site



Literacynet story archives (RealAudio versions)


Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary: Why vocabulary is the most important consideration
Vocabulary (workshop handout)

The translation plateau: Problems as students reach higher levels

Translation Plateau, article

Lower level & upper level differences

Ways to teach/ways to test
Vocabulary Game (see blog post)

Vocabulary links
Voycabulary- allows you to link to any dictionary

ESL Study Hall-vocabulary
ITESL-J Vocab. links

Reading theory

Reading research: Conference handout

Extensive Reading Theory

Extensive Reading site
Presentations on Extensive Reading

Phonics vs. Whole language

Phonics vs. Whole language

Content-based vs. Skills-based

Content-based programs (workshop handout)

Components of reading skills

Identifying and handling LD

LD Online
What makes a good teacher, LD online

Blogs, Social Networking, and Chat

Reading in the new millenium, conf. handout

Using Blogs

Teaching Writing in Online Worlds (Weblogs)

Using Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo, Chat

Edmodo workshop (conference post)
Annotated bibliography: TESLEJ
Using Chat in the Writing Class (TESOL '09)

Being involved in the field

Electronic Village Online
Webheads online convergences

General links

TOPICS online magazine

News for You Online, now available only to subscribers

Vance Stevens' Reading site
Reading Matrix Journal


Farhady, H. and Fard, P.D. (2007). On the scalability of the components of the reading comprehension ability: A progress report. SCALAR 2007. Abstract online.

Folse, K. (2004). "Myths about Teaching and Learning Second Language Vocabulary: What Recent Research Says." TESL Reporter 37 (2), 1-13.

Folse, K. (2004). "Limitation of Context Clues in Real-World Comprehension: A Case Study" Nexus: A Journal for Teachers in Development 7, 1.

Llinares, G., Leiva, B., Cartaya, N., & St. Louis, R. (2008, September). Acquisition of L2 vocabulary for effective reading: Testing teachers; classroom practice. The Reading Matrix, 8, 2.

Mikulecky, B. (2009, Mar./Apr.). Teaching Reading in a Second Language. ESL Magazine.

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