This course focuses on effective strategies for English language reading instruction. Learn practical techniques and methods for teaching reading in any ELL environment. Explore key issues related to the successful teaching of reading, such as the role of reading within an ELL curriculum and detailed classroom teaching techniques. Topics include, engagement, motivation, modeling, intensive and extensive reading, vocabulary challenges, comprehension skills, reading rate, reading strategies lesson planning, selecting materials and assessment. This course provides many practical approaches and strategies to improve teaching and learning in the ELL reading environment.
- Assess students' level of motivation, and use strategies for motivating, engaging, and inspiring students in the reading classroom, and discover how students' first-language (L1) reading skills impact their second language (L2) proficiency, especially in regard to reading.
- Integrate intensive and extensive reading in their curriculum, working with students to develop their reading rate and become more confident, fluent, and engaged readers.
- Integrate vocabulary teaching into reading curriculum using very valuable high-frequency word lists.
- Design a strong curriculum using the components of effective lesson planning, including how to integrate other language skills along with reading, come up with teaching objectives, sequence your activities, and measure your effectiveness.
- Assess students' learning through formative and summative testing, and support the students as they prepare for standardized tests like the TOEFL and IELTS.
This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, observation and analysis of lessons, coaching interactions with a coaching partner that include feedback and analysis of both the lesson and the coaching episode. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.
Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.
- 1.a Introduction
- 1b. How to Help Your Students Value Reading
- 1.c Helping Administrators See That Reading Is Important
- 1d. What Makes a Good Reading Teacher?
- 1e. Summary
- 1.f Supplementary Material
- 2.a Introduction
- 2.b How Motivated Are Your Students?
- 2.c The Keys to Motivation
- 2.d 10 Strategies for Motivating Your Students
- 2.e Summary
- 2.f Supplementary Material
- 3.a Introduction
- 3.b Children and Literacy
- 3.c Adults and Literacy
- 3.d What About a Bilingual Teaching Approach?
- 3.e Summary
- 3.f Supplementary Material
- 4.a Introduction
- 4.b Why Is Intensive Reading So Important?
- 4.c What Skills Should You Teach?
- 4.d How Do You Teach Intensive Reading?
- 4.e Summary
- 4.f Supplementary Material
- 5.a Introduction
- 5.b The Importance of an Extensive Reading Approach
- 5.c How to Tell If Your Students Are Learning
- 5.d How to Integrate Extensive Reading Into Your Reading
- 5.e Summary
- 5.f Supplementary Material
- 6.a Introduction
- 6.b The Challenges of Teaching Vocabulary
- 6.c High-Frequency Word Lists
- 6.d How Do You Teach Vocabulary?
- 6.e Summary
- 6.f Supplementary Material
- 7.a Introduction
- 7.b Think-Aloud Protocols
- 7.c Questioning the Author
- 7.d Using Graphic Organizers
- 7.e Justify Your Comprehension
- 7.f Supplementary Materials
- 8.b Targeting and Teaching Reading Rate
- 8.c Reading Activities: Part 1
- 8.d Reading Activities: Part 2
- 8.e Summary
- 8.f Supplementary Material
- 9.a Introduction
- 9.b What Are Reading Strategies?
- 9.c How-to 's of Teaching Strategies: Part 1
- 9.d How-to 's of Teaching Strategies: Part 2
- 9.e Summary
- 9.f Supplementary Material
- 10.a Introduction
- 10.b How Can I Integrate Other Language Skills?
- 10.c How Do I Write Teaching Objectives?
- 10.d How Can I Develop My Lesson and Evaluate Progress?
- 10.e Summary
- 10.f Supplementary Material
- 11.a Introduction
- 11.b Designing a Reading Curriculum
- 11.c Working With Your Textbook
- 11.d Supplementing the Textbook
- 11.e Supplementary Material
- 12.a Introduction
- 12.b What Is Formative Testing?
- 12.c What Is Summative Testing?
- 12.d How Can I Help Students With Standardized Tests?
- 12.e Summary
- 12.f Supplementary Material
- Final Exam