Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL). April 2007.

Some ideas on teaching English literacy from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL), April 2007, a publication of the International Reading Association.

Scale of the value of each idea to me, RayS.
* Not much interest
** I'll think about it.
*** Very much interested

How can teachers improve their teaching?
Teachers need to become students again. Audit a colleague's course. Take classes on some unfamiliar topic. Learn again what it is like to be a student. WD Lenoir. JAAL (Apr. 07), 527. *** [I'm especially intrigued by the idea of taking a course on some unfamiliar topic. RayS.]

How improve the teaching of vocabulary?
Connect new words to related words. Analyze word structure--roots, prefixes and suffixes. Understand multiple meanings. Teach students to try to infer word meanings from context. K Bromley. JAAL (Apr. 07), 528-537. *** [For me, one of the most significant activities to increase vocabulary is pre-teaching unfamiliar vocabulary before students read an assignment. Can use all of these techniques in pre-teaching. RayS.]

How encourage children to read?
If you want your children to read, they need to see you (adults) reading. M White-Kaulaity. JAAL (Apr. 07), 580-588. *** [How is reading treated by role models in pop culture? RayS.]

Other topics: working with adults who have learning problems; encouraging Native Americans to read; inquiry-based projects; helping adolescents develop their reading skills.* [Either the topic was of little interest to me or the ideas were not new. RayS.]

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