MindEdge's Reading Strategies for English Language Learners

Reading Strategies for English Language Learners is designed to lead multi-lingual students through the processes, tools, and skills that comprise active reading. The course introduces students to the concept of active reading as not simply a concept but as a series of practical, applicable steps and an application of critical thinking skills. Using a narrative learning structure, students are lead through what it means to actively read before, while, and after they read a college-level text. Using this same learning structure, students apply these skills and tools to a variety of focused reading strategies: vocabulary strategies, identifying main ideas in a text, understanding supporting details in a text, analyzing a text for organizational patterns, and discerning fact from opinion. Students are provided with the kinds of texts they may encounter in college courses but in a fun, engaging, a carefully scaffolded way.

The course contains comprehensive guided learning material, from interactive games, "think aloud" strategy tutorial videos, and practice spaces that encourage writing as much as they do reading. It is designed to boost multi-lingual students' confidence in both reading and in writing about what they read.

The course is designed as either a stand-alone course or in conjunction with our College Writing course or Writing Center. It is also designed so that faculty may request their own reading selections (for graded items) or cumulative writing assignments.

Reading Strategies for English Language Learners supports peer review activities, such as discussion boards and our interactive Writing Pad.

There are six modules in this course, but the course can be easily paired with learning material from College Writing to expand, contract, and/or shorten to match a specific term length:

  1. Active Reading
  2. Vocabulary Strategies
  3. Identifying Main Ideas
  4. Understanding Supporting Details
  5. Analyzing a Text
  6. Discerning Fact from Opinion