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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.
Submitted by Jennifer A on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 4:44pm
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
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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
Submitted by Jennifer A on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:40pm
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."