Author: Elaine Kirn
Suitable for: Secondary Students, Young Adults, Adults
What It Is: In a language-learning classroom, any set of short biographies (original text and/or adapted versions) can be put to good use in various ways. For instance, each lesson or activity can focus on a different language skill, such as reading comprehension, effective speaking and listening, summarizing (orally and/or in written form), and others.
They can work together to complete the quiz, check their answers, and/or refer to the vocabulary and information in both the Bios themselves and their Summaries to decide what is most useful for their own purposes.
Why You Need It: Material on the back of each Biography is designed to help readers or learners acquire meaningful vocabulary from the reading: 4 items to match in the 12 Basic– and 5 in the 18 High-Beginning Learning Aids
What It Does: They can reinforce and “go beyond the material” in innovative, interactive pursuits. These feature Generic, Learner-Centered Reading Activities such as Reading-Card Kits and the “Expert Game,”