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Submitted by Family Reads on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 8:52am
Have you ever wondered what the "RL" on the back of a kids' book means? Even if you know that it means reading level, what does that mean? And how is the reading level determined? Who gets to decide? And is THAT book really appropriate for a fourth grader? Here is an article written for librarians that does a great job of explaining the basics. For all parents who are looking for a little help in picking the right book for their child.
Submitted by Jennifer A on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 9:26am
If your ESL learner would like a good resource for listening practice at home, check out Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab at www.esl-lab.com. Listening exercises are divided into categories of easy, medium, and difficult. Each exercise has pre- and post-listening activities, such as discussion topics, comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and suggestions for extension activities.
Submitted by Family Reads on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 11:46am
Don't take my word, or the author's word, on such an important question. There are no easy answers. Research shows that as far as reading development goes, reading on a screen is no different from reading on paper. But are there other costs? And which is more important? One side of the argument is laid out very clearly in this article. You can continue the discussions in the comments below.
Submitted by Jennifer A on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 2:46am
Just a reminder that the Literacy Office requires that you take at least one continuing education class per year. While the Literacy Office offers plenty of opportunities throughout the year administered by our staff for tutors who are unable to attend traditional classes, online options are available. The Pro Literacy Network offers many self-paced, online courses for tutors at their website: http://www.proliteracyednet.org/articles.asp?mcid=2