Friday, April 19, 2013

ELL-U Online Discussion: Interactive Reading Strategies for Emergent ELL Readers (Part 1)

Welcome! I am pleased to be moderating the online forum hosted by ELL-U from April 22-May 3. 
To join the Online Discussion:
1) Watch Part 1 of the webinar below.
2) Post your responses on ELL-U at
3) Visit ELL-U between April 22 and May 3 to view others’ feedback and participate in the online discussion.
4) Watch Part 2 of this webinar on beginning on April 29. (View Part 2 here.)
The objectives of the webinar are as follows:

Part 1:
  • Provide examples of bottom-up, top-down, and interactive strategies for teaching L2 reading.
  • Offer rationale for the use of explicit, systematic bottom-up strategies instruction.
Part 2:

  • Discuss the role of students’ phonemic and phonological awareness.
  • Provide practical methodology and approaches to teaching bottom-up strategies in L2 reading.

Self-reflection Questions:

1) What strategies do you use to teach reading?
2) When you learned how to read, did you learn both bottom-up and top-down skills?
3) When you teach reading, do you rely more on teaching top-down strategies?  If so, why?
4) Are you an interactive reading teacher?

Join the Online Discussion  here!

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Birch, B. M, (2002).  English L2 Reading:  Getting to the Bottom. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Carrell, P.  (1993).  Introduction: Interactive approaches to second language reading.  In P. Carrell, J. Devine, & D. Eskey (Eds.), Interactive approaches to second language reading  (pp. 1-7).  Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Eskey, D. (1993).  Holding in the bottom: An interactive approach to the language problems of second language readers.  In P. Carrell, J. Devine, & D. Eskey (Eds.), Interactive approaches to second language reading (pp. 93-100). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
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