Vocabulary refers to the words that a person knows. Reading vocabulary is critical to the comprehension processes of a skilled reader. Kruidenier (2002) makes the following suggestions for teaching ABE learners:
Conduct oral assessments, where learners either choose the one correct meaning of a word from multiple choices or define terms in their own words.
Teach vocabulary in semantic sets.*
Encourage students to [Read on...]
In today’s world, technology is advancing the way people learn. In the past, reading materials were limited to books and few other sources. Now, we have a seemingly unlimited amount of materials to choose from. This tutor tip will focus on the necessary materials that every student should include as guides to their learning process, as well as tips to [Read on...]
We had a great workshop on Saturday and wanted you to have some of the information that was shared:
#1: SPELLING WITH C AND K
When the sound /k/ is followed by the vowels a, o, or u, it is spelled with a c.
When the sound /k/ is followed by the vowels i or e, it is spelled with a k.
Notes you take during the lesson will come in handy:
• to record new vocabulary that might come up. If you stop to teach a new word, make a note to review it in your next lesson.
• when your student expressed a particular concern or interest. You can take a minute to offer a short-term solution and then build on the [Read on...]
Alphabetizing is a useful skill in order to use the phone book, find a book at the library or use a dictionary. Most people know the alphabet by rote, but if your student does not, help your student write it down for easy reference. Explain to your student the number of things that are set up according to the order [Read on...]
Project Read is using a new assessment (the Test of Adult Basic Education or TABE). This is a multiple choice test, and many of our students have never before taken or are unfamiliar with the strategies used to take a multiple choice test. As such, we are providing the following tips that you can share with your students so they [Read on...]
Last month we talked about how to pronounce the ‘-ed’ ending. Another difficult ending pronunciation is the 3rd person singular ‘-s’ ending. Have your students use the following exercise to discover the simple pronunciation rule for themselves. To prepare, make flash cards for the following 30 examples and shuffle them. Also, give your student three category label cards for the [Read on...]
Pronouncing -ed Endings
There is a simple rule to explain how the ‘-ed’ endings of simple past verbs are pronounced. When your students use the following exercise, they will discover this rule for themselves. To prepare, write the following 30 example verbs on flash cards and shuffle them. Also, give your student three category label cards for the sounds “t,” “d” [Read on...]
Have you been a student yourself recently? There is no better way to discover what the learning process feels like and how to improve your teaching.
A very good example of learning about learning happened here just recently. Since the life of an editor can be pretty sedentary, after many years of desk work I’ve decided to make some changes. Like, [Read on...]
We appreciate the willingness of Carrie Sutanto, a Project Read tutor and local learning disabilities expert, to share her expertise with Project Read tutors regarding working with students with learning disabilities. She provided the following list of “Be’s” to guide your working with learning disabled students:
1. Be specific (with your goals, instruction, and praise). Don’t just say, “Good job,” say [Read on...]