Did you get a chance to watch the live Reading Webcast,
From Assessment to Practice: Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults
Part 2: Specific Instructional Strategies for Fluency and Vocabulary? If you did watch it in real time, you could have been distracted by the audio not matching the visual.
However, don't worry if you missed it, for it will soon be archived. (And the archived video may be better for some of you.) If you do not get a chance to watch the video, at least take a look at the PowerPoint Presentation Slides. In fact, you can go to the website now, http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/assesspractice2/webcast0111.html , and download them. There was a lot of good information about Fluency and Vocabulary that can validate the things we are doing in the classroom.
Are you uncomfortable having your students read aloud? It doesn't have to mean that they stand up in front of everyone. All they have to do is very quietly read a paragraph to you while you are going over their work - guaranteed to be pain-free. And if everyone is doing it, then it is just a commonly accepted strategy.
The slides explain three components of fluent reading: accuracy, rate, and prosody.
Website for Free Fluency Resource
Susan McShane reminded the listeners about the website that Kate McDonnell of Helena showed everyone last summer at the Reading is the Bridge workshop:
Reading for Today's Adults
Marshall, MN adult education program
As the presenters noted, there are no emerging research principles for vocabulary instruction, only emerging trends. However, the webcast provided us with some research-based tips for vocabulary development.
n Pre-teach unfamiliar words in instructional text.
n Ensure multiple exposures to words by teaching useful words learners will encounter in subject-matter texts they are studying or other adult materials.
n Engage learners in using and working with the words in several ways.
n Teach word-learning strategies like structural analysis, using context clues, and using a dictionary.
n Encourage wide reading of level-appropriate materials in varied subject-matter areas.
NIFL/NCSALL ALRWG Webcast, January 11, 2008, p.44
MT LINCS RIB NEW RESOURCES
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