ESL classroom tools for reading comprehension skills
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Reading English for pleasure is enjoyable, but when you have to read for understanding – it can become quite difficult. One tool which can help ESL students master reading comprehension is a graded reader.
The beauty of graded readers is that they are enjoyable and at the same time – they develop the student’s reading comprehension skills. As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you would be well advised to become familiar with this tool: there is such a wealth of readers, that the student is truly spoilt for choice There are a lot of publishing houses in the UK that publish graded readers, for example, Cambridge University Press (CUP) Collins, Macmillan’s, Oxford University Press (OUP), and Penguin.
As the name suggests, these books are graded in levels: usually from the starter stage to stage 6. These stages/levels cater for all the CEFR levels from A1 to C2 inclusive: each book has the number of headwords and the CEFR level clearly printed on the cover. They should not be confused with basal readers because graded readers are usually simplified abridged publications of literary classics and more modern novels; consequently, students get the opportunity to read some of the best novels written in the English language: the readers are also illustrated and a glossary is provided for the more unusual words. Additionally, readers contain a number of activity pages that may contain any of the following activities: reading comprehension questions; ordering of events activities; true/false activities; multiple-choice questions; cloze tests; and matching activities. Once you, the ESL teacher, have decided on a particular reader you can start using it as a tool to further the students’ reading comprehension skills.
The book should be used regularly: twice a week is a reasonable number of times. You should have the students read out aloud parts of the book in turn: this will also give them the opportunity to improve their pronunciation. On completion of the classroom reading, you should discuss what has been read: you should also try to get the students to explain plots, vocabulary, and figurative language. The book should also be used for homework: assign a particular chapter to be read as well as the activities that have to be done – then review the activities in class. Lastly, the ESL teacher should supplement the book’s activities by making worksheets designed to test particular aspects of the book, for example, worksheets for discussing the uses of the tenses; figurative language; classified vocabulary, and so forth. Make sure the book is equally appealing to male and female students – your students will enjoy it more, and they will be more motivated to read it properly.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.