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Feast on This by Laura Raphael

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Some books are light confections, amuse-bouches that please in the moment but as soon as they are closed, disappear from the mind as quickly as cotton candy on the tongue. These lovelies absolutely have a place in my personal reading diet, and they are far harder to write than they seem.

Pig or Big? Tips for Letter or Word Inversions and Reversals

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Many learners struggle to discriminate between similar letters and words.  They may demonstrate reversals or inversions while reading.  Observe which letters and words with which your learner struggles and create the following activity to help improve visual discrimination:  

Ask the learner to circle the words that are the same.  Note: the word choices may be "nonsense" words.  

Examples: herb    herp    herd    herb    nerb    pig    big    pid    pip    pin    was    maw    saw    was    mas

Free Online Access to Chronicle of Philanthropy

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"The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. For more than 20 years, The Chronicle has been connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas."

The Past Is Never Dead by Rebecca Howard

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Recently I watched the movie Lincoln, an epic film that was based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s tome Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and adapted for the screen by the brilliant Tony Kushner.  It was not lost on me that this remarkable film’s script was created by the same Pulitzer Prize winning playwright responsible for

Enhance Your Learning with ESL Podcast!

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For an adult learner who needs some English listening practice and has Internet access, we highly recommend eslpod.com.  Learners can go to the site and choose a podcast that is of interest to them. They can listen to it slowly, listen to an explanation of it, and/or listen to it quickly; at the same time they can read the transcript if they'd like. The service is free, but interested students can pay for a basic or premium membership if they would like to receive the "Learning Guides."  

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