Thursday, August 23, 2007

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

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

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

What is one way to organize a tutoring session?
Students first read a novel and then an expository book on the same topic. EB Ambe. JAAL (May 07), 632-639. **

Among college students, who reads more frequently outside of class?
Chinese college students who are education majors read less often outside of class than students in other majors. SY Chen. JAAL (May 07), 642-653. ** [True also with education majors in the U.S.? RayS.]

How do words change meaning in various subjects?
"...a water table is different from a math table is different from tabling a motion." L Freedman and C Carver. JAAL (May 07), 654. *** [You can't assume that students will understand the meanings of the same word in various disciplines. RayS.]

How does pop-culture influence students?
Teacher asks students to compare the values of pop-culture character to their own value system. BT Williams. JAAL (May 07), 680-685. ***

Other topics: Pre-service teachers and literature. How secondary teachers can help secondary students with reading. Contrast between in-school and out-of-school literacy practices. Interesting topics, but the information was not noteworthy. RayS.

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