Category Archives: *ESL Reading

These postings include activities for reading skill-development, teaching techniques and strategies for evaluating reading skills.

• 9th Free Reading Unit.  Surprising Research About How Friendships Are Made.

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(This posting includes handouts which you are welcome to use with your students.)

See  Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction)  for an introduction to these reading units.

Article & Study Guide for Proximity: The Most Important Factor in Making a Friendship is How Close You Are Physically (and excerpts)

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• 8th  Free Reading Unit.  Scarcity: Not Having Enough of Something (can effect mental capacity)

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(This posting includes handouts which you are welcome to use with your students.)

See • Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction)  for an introduction to these reading units.

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• Quick and User-Friendly Technique to Teach Summarize Skills of a Reading Passage

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The teacher was feeling a bit overwhelmed. He was assigned a Reading course in which summarizing was one of the goals. Where to start? A colleague suggested a rather arduous process of having students identifying and clarifying the topic of the passage. This would be followed by techniques for finding the most important point the author was making for each paragraph. Then they would practice how to identify supporting points.  They would practice recognizing key word and practice paraphrasing those. And on and on.

All those steps above are totally unnecessary.

The easy summarizing-skill technique

Here is the basis for this technique: We always have a reason for summarizing specific information from an article. (In real life, and even mainstream academic courses, are we ever asked to just summarize everything in an article?)

Examples of the technique

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• 6th Free ESL Reading Unit. Click: The Power of Similarities (Names)

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*(This posting includes handouts which you are welcome to use with your students.)

See Select Category > ESL Reading Units Free: Reading for Insights (Introduction) for an introduction to these reading units. Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction)

Article & Study Guide for Click: The Power of Similarities (Names)

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