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Learning Strategies

From the classroom of Amy Vickers, Minneapolis ABE

English as a Second Language Podcast

English as a Second Language Podcast was developed to help students learn English by listening to short, engaging conversations about high interest topics. Use it with your ELL students to help them develop essential learning strategies such as making predictions, making use of background knowledge to understand new ideas and identifying main idea when reading and listening. The podcasts are organized by categories, such as travel, business, daily life, dining and entertainment. Each podcast conversation is approximately 1-2 minutes in length, and it is followed by an explanation of some of the key vocabulary and phrases.

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In Their Own Words: Reading and Understanding through Paraphrasing

Metro Spring 2015 Regional - Vicki Estrem & Pam Ampferer

Effective paraphrasing builds students' reading and writing skills and boosts comprehension of complex texts. This valuable strategy can be used across all content areas with students of various reading levels. Summarized here are materials and techniques for teaching paraphrasing in various ABE contexts, including addressing paraphrasing for the GED 2014 Extended Response. (This session was geared toward teachers of intermediate to advanced readers and to both native and non-native speakers of English.)

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