Monday, April 29, 2013

ELL-U Online Discussion: Interactive Reading Strategies for Emergent ELL Readers (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of the online discussion hosted by ELL-U. 



To join the Online Discussion:
1) Watch Part 2 of the webinar below.
2) Post your responses on ELL-U at http://www.ell-u.org/forum/viewthread/279/.
3) Visit ELL-U before May 3 to view others’ feedback and participate in the online discussion.
4) Watch Part 1 of this webinar on www.ESLtrail.com at any time to review.



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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) Was there at least one strategy you learned in this webinar that you didn’t know before?
2) Which bottom-up  strategies would you like to implement?
3) When would be an appropriate time to implement bottom-up strategies?


Join the Online Discussion  here!

Sources
Aebersold, J. & Field, M. L., (1997). From reader to reading teacher: Issues and strategies for second language classrooms. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Anderson, N. J. (2003). Exploring Skills: Reading.  In D. Nunan (Ed.), Practical English Language Teaching (pp. 67-86).  New York: McGraw-Hill.
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.
Nunes, T. (1999).  Learning to read: An integrated view from research and practice.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.

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 http://www.ell-u.org/forum/viewthread/279/.
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 www.ESLtrail.com beginning on April 29. (View Part 2 here.)
video
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!

Sources
Aebersold, J. & Field, M. L., (1997). From reader to reading teacher: Issues and strategies for second language classrooms. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Anderson, N. J. (2003). Exploring Skills: Reading.  In D. Nunan (Ed.), Practical English Language Teaching (pp. 67-86).  New York: McGraw-Hill.
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.
Nunes, T. (1999).  Learning to read: An integrated view from research and practice.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Forum for Adult Emerging ELL Readers


I have written a blog post before about ELL-U, a free online resource for professional development. I am pleased to be moderating a forum hosted by ELL-U later this month. Following is the information provided by ELL-U that has been recently disseminated.


Be sure to stop by the ELL-U community forums to join the online discussion with Heidi from April 22 - May 3, 2013. ELL-U is excited to have Heidi join the community to share her expertise in first- and second-language literacy and reading, language learning strategies, learner characteristics, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning. 
  
Heidi is the Curriculum and ESL Director at Reading Horizons where she oversees curriculum development, training, and research. In addition, she is also a current member of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc. and has presented her research at the international convention. She also served as President of the Intermountain-TESOL (I-TESOL) affiliate from 2008-2009 and currently serves as Secretary on the I-TESOL Board.

Be sure to check the ELL-U Forums and Discussion page to participate in this special discussion. For additional information, email info@ell-u.org


Free Education Webinars

When I first started working for Reading Horizons six-and-a-half years ago, one of my first assignments was to conduct a webinar. A "webinar?" I asked. I hadn't heard the term "webinar" before. When I discussed this assignment with colleagues at the time, the term "webinar" was unfamiliar to them, as well. I felt like I was breaking new ground.

Since that time, webinars have become a popular and effective way to provide free online professional development. Reading Horizons provides free webinars that can be accessed here. Webinar topics range from Teaching All Students to Read by Dr. Joseph Torgesen, to Developing Fluent Readers by Neil Anderson, to Using Learning Centers to Meet Needs in Multilevel ESL Classrooms by Dr. Robin Lovrien Schwarz. These webinars are just one of the many types of free online resources now available for professional development.