Sunday, July 22, 2012

Reading Aloud to ESL Students

Note: Normally, I do not publish my blog, English Updates, on weekends. However, I publish several other blogs during the week having to do with ideas in English education that are not current, but still useful. On weekends, I will publish samples of these ideas. RayS.

 Question: What can regular classroom teachers do in working with ESL students?

Answer: Read aloud daily to students.

Quote: “ESL students of all ages and levels of reading proficiency benefit from listening to stories, poems and information texts…. Select materials which…contain pictures or illustrations…. Ask students to predict what comes next…. Follow the reading with discussion of meaning of the text, possible alternative interpretations, and predictions of what will come next.”

Comment: All of these techniques will be useful to native speakers of English. RayS.

Title: “Instructional Approaches and Teaching Procedures.” AU Chamot and JM O’Malley. Pp. 82-107. In Kids Come in All Languages: Reading Instruction for ESL Students. Eds. K Spangensberg-Urgschat and R Pritchard. Newark, DE: IRA. 1994.

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