Competency 2. Constructing meaning, demonstrating understanding and using it. Goals of the workshop. G et a better grasp of the fundamental aspects of the second competency Reflect on our teaching practices Give ideas on how to help students become active readers/listeners.
Constructing meaning, demonstrating understanding and using it
When we were kids, we obediently kept our noses in our school books without knowing why we were reading or what we were expected to get out of it. We were passive readers, because we didn’t believe that we had much to do with anything in the text or that our thoughts or opinions mattered. Our task seemed to be to answer end-of-chapter questions, make an outline, and remember the author’s ideas and information just long enough for Friday’s test.
Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. P.25.
Two strategies that work with strategies:
Demonstrate their usefulness
Model how to use them
Activate prior knowledge
Why do we use this strategy ?
To help connect new ideas to what we know which in turn helps us better understand what we read.
Think (about what you know) + Associate (new information) = Activate prior knowledge
We are going to watch a video text. So there is also another strategy which would be useful:
Pay selective attention
What would the advantages be? Why would a second language learner use this strategy?
Expand own range of words
using texts and available resources
Select, organize, summarize information
Use texts and available resources
as sources of ideas and information
How can students use knowledge from the texts to carry out a reinvestment task?