Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reading Aloud to ESL Students

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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