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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips and Tricks. Keep up the learning and engagement with these helpful classroom teaching tips

Adapting reading activities for the online classroom

  The new classroom environment, the online classroom, involves adapting the printed coursebook we have been using so far, to fit the needs and demands of online teaching and learning. When adapting materials for online use, the teacher goes through the usual procedure but with some added stages-considerations. Reading materials in particular, whether...

How to teach reading skills to non-readers

reading skills  The time has come for you to teach the so called certificate classes and you’re thrilled and can’t wait to put into practice all those elaborate strategies you have acquired from your university years on how to do everything. This is your moment! You can shine your light on the highway of star teachers. Ha! Wrong approach. Think again! Teaching...

Teaching Reading to students with dyslexia

students with dyslexia  Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. The person diagnosed with dyslexia face difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition. What is more, poor spelling is a very common result of the deficit in the phonological development. Finally, reading comprehension as well as reading ability in general can be...

The Best Thing You Can Do for Reading Fluency

Reading FluencyChoppy, hesitant reading got you down? Does your child’s lack of fluency affect her comprehension? There is a simple trick that you can apply to your child’s reading practice to accelerate his reading fluency. It’s called “rereading”, or sometimes “repeated reading”.  Academic studies and anecdotal evidence from reading professionals and parents alike...

The Science of Reading

The Science of ReadingDoes reading really matter that much now that we’re in the digital age? Yes! In fact, in the digital age, when we encounter so many different texts and messages every day, our critical and analytical abilities may even matter more than ever. Without a rich vocabulary and background knowledge that we can apply and utilize, we will get tripped up in the...

My students complain that reading texts are too long and difficult to deal with… What should I do?

My students complain that reading texts are too long and difficult to deal withText by: Dimitris Primalis   Whether you teach a traditional EFL (English as a Foreign Language) class, or a class with CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) books, your students may come across long and more demanding texts in terms of vocabulary, structure. CLIL texts are usually different in terms of task types (e.g. students may have to...

Reading: Wherein L2 Vocabulary belongs

The constituents of reading  Text by: Marina Siskou   A rarely defied teaching practice is the random introduction of the target language vocabulary beyond content.   Being presented with a bulk of target language words to ingest might turn out to be functional, if L2 learners are good at memorization. However words need to belong somewhere in order to mean something. Out of...

Lack of vocabulary=lack of extensive reading

lack of extensive readingThe approach to building basic vocabulary involves identification of the most basic vocabulary, the benefits of extensive reading, the strengths of explicit instruction in vocabulary and the importance of using word notebooks and dictionaries. English-language learners (ELLs) face a learning paradox: on one hand they need vocabulary to be able to read...

Reading Comprehension

  Unlike listening comprehension, reading comprehension is not something for which our brains have evolved. Whereas oral comprehension seems to develop “naturally” with minimal deliberate intervention, reading comprehension is more challenging and requires deliberate instruction. Humans have been accomplished in oral comprehension for 100,000 years or...

Developing Reading and Listening skills

Listening  is receiving language through the ears. It involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences. When we listen, we use our ears to receive individual sounds (letters, stress, rhythm and pauses) and we use our brain to convert these into messages that  mean  something to us. Listening in any language requires...

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