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Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05

Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05 | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

 

EDUCATION WEEK QUESTION: Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools?

Asks Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview M. S., Toronto-Canada

Did you know that READING can keep your mind active and engaged well into old age? Reading is considered one of the best habits that one can inculcate in him/her. It leads one to knowledge! 
The old Good Book says that ‘for lack of knowledge my people perish’. Yes, knowledge is power. Though knowledge comes to us in many forms, it best comes in the pages of a book. However, we won’t know until we read what is written in the pages. Therefore reading is the key to knowledge. It is said that the one who reads is a leader!
As a parent and a teacher by profession I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading to the teaching and learning process.


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"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."

— Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752

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Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.


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TEFLtastic » PPP RIP? Part Two

TEFLtastic » PPP RIP? Part Two | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Possibly quite unfashionable, but eminently sensible (OMHO) food for thought on PPP


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Storybird: Providing a Tangible Outcome

Storybird: Providing a Tangible Outcome | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

My fondest memories of school are of the occasions on which I made stuff. When I think about what other aspects of my learning I enjoyed most, I always come back to the basic principle of creativity. Getting me involved in creative tasks that result in tangible outcomes was one of the ways my teachers ensured that I remained engaged and enjoyed the process of learning.


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Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public

Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Rather than having them write a paper and hand it in only for the teacher to read, waiting for some kind of assessment, Jimenez offers a different perspective in this interview with the Atlantic at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Writing should be public, it should give a sense of urgency and visibility… for students to feel that their writing has a voice in the world.”


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Which parts of an English language class should be flipped?

This is a quick 'crowdsourcing' questionnaire to explore the role of the 'flipped' approach within English language (EFL or ESL) teaching.

 


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Headway

Welcome to the Headway Student’s Site. Here you will find lots of fun and interesting activities to help you get the most out of Headway. We hope you enjoy using these extra resources.

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10 Interesting Udemy Courses You Should Know About

10 Interesting Udemy Courses You Should Know About | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it
From Mark Zuckerberg to Nicole Hennig's recommended apps for librarians, there's an array of topics on Udemy that are perfect for anyone looking to do some high quality online learning.

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Curriculum Design & Training: Curriculum Examples Using Gagne

Curriculum Design & Training: Curriculum Examples Using Gagne | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Tracy Schiffmann, Ed. M.  train professionals in curriculum design and platform skills that enhance effective learner-centered training and instruction.

This is useful blog to see training curriculum samples that she gives.

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DISCOVER Projects--Curriculum Models

DISCOVER Projects--Curriculum Models | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Even though full-scale DISCOVER Curricula for all grade levels is still in the
development stage, curriculum prototypes, based on Curriculum Model guidelines,
have shown promising results in pilot projects.

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A is for Approach « An A-Z of ELT

A is for Approach « An A-Z of ELT | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it
And, in developing or implementing a “design for an instructional system” to put these theories to work, it is also important not to lose sight of these theories, otherwise there is the risk of going from the fairly positive evaluation ...
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THE EFFECT OF CALL ON TURKISH LEARNERS' ACHIEVEMENT ON THE TOEFL EXAM

This study aimed to explore the effect of computer assisted language learning (CALL) on the undergraduate students’ achievement on the TOEFL exam. The study was designed as quasiexperimental research. The participants in the study were 34 sophomore students in the Department of Foreign Language Education in Middle East Technical University. 

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eLearning Planning for Leaders

The resources here will help you develop an eLearning Plan as an integral part of your School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan. They will support you to improve eLearning in your school, and to begin integrating ICT and eLearning across all aspects of school activity to improve learning and teaching and student outcomes.

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

The habits themselves aren't new at all, and significant work has already been done in the areas of these "thinking habits." However, in a 21st century learning environment -- one often inundated with information, stimulation and connectivity -- there may be a newfound context for their application.


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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Video games are especially startling from the perspective of conventional views of curriculum and instruction. According to the standard view, I should never be able to learn and greatly improve at the games since there is no formal and explicit curriculum framed by knowledge, and – even more puzzling – no one teaches me anything! I shouldn’t learn but I do. In games (and in life), I begin with performance challenges, not technical knowledge.


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Getting students to notice language in reading texts

Getting students to notice language in reading texts | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

Really interesting blog post on the importance of learners 'noticing' language - there are some nice practical ideas, too.


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Developing Critical thinking by Using Video to Teach Essay Writing

Developing Critical thinking by Using Video to Teach Essay Writing | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it
Vanessa Medina is an English teacher, freelance ELT consultant and writer. Here she explores using videos to teach different writing structures. As teachers, we have all heard about the benefits of...

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Which parts of an English language class should be flipped?

This is a quick 'crowdsourcing' questionnaire to explore the role of the 'flipped' approach within English language (EFL or ESL) teaching.

 


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Who cares about English? Panel discussion

Who cares about English? Panel discussion | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

The British Council and the Oxford English Dictionary sponsored a discussion with an expert panel on Thursday 27 September 2012. The event considered issues such as:

Does ‘standard English’ exist in today’s globalised society?Who regulates the language – lexicographers, the education system, the media – or the public?Is the language being dumbed down? And does this matter?Should we be worried about the state of English today?


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Irma Walter's comment, October 20, 2012 9:30 AM
How staid these Englishpeople are about their language! For the same topic you'd get a rousing exchange in Germany. I suppose our language is locally confined, so people get hot-headed about it.
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Leveled Reading for an ESL Classroom

Leveled Reading for an ESL Classroom | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it
Help us achieve our big goals in a way that is meaningful for all students! One of our classroom goals is to independently read 10 books. On average my students are reading at a 3rd grade level,... My students need leveled books from various genres.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - Teacher Thought

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - Teacher Thought | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

If the 20th century model was to measure the accuracy and ownership of information, the 21st century’s model is form and interdependence. The close thinking needed to grasp this is not beyond the reach of a typical middle school student, but it may be beyond their thinking habits.


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Integrating CALL into the Writing Curriculum (TESL/TEFL)

In this article I will first, submit some background information in support of using computers for language-learning instruction. Next, I will briefly outline the work I have done to incorporate computers into my writing courses. Also included are results of a student-based attitude survey that is taken from current classes that will hopefully serve to further endorse my position. Lastly, I would like to present an overview for integrating CALL into the curriculum.

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New Core Models

New Core Models | Curriculum Development | Scoop.it

These models are provided as guides to help students and advisers plan the individual student’s course of study. Students should realize, however, that it might not be possible to schedule every course in the year and semester as presented and need to check course availability in the Long-Range Schedules.

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Contemporary Issues in Curriculum (4th Edition)

An interesting book to read on the subject. 

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Curriculum Development in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Education)

This worth text provides a systematic introduction to the issues involved in planning, developing, and managing effective language programs. The paperback edition provides a systematic introduction to the issues involved in developing, managing, and evaluating effective second and foreign language programs and teaching materials. Key stages in the curriculum development process are examined, including situation analysis, needs analysis, goal setting, syllabus design, materials development and adaptation, teaching and teacher support, and evaluation. Discussion activities throughout the book enable it to be used as a reference text for teachers and administrators.

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