Teachers’ Guide

The guide has four sections: Pre-reading Activities, Listening and Speaking Activities, Reading Comprehension Activities, and Activities for Developing Vocabulary. Each section has an introduction and sample activities.

I hope that teachers will be able to customize the suggested activities to fit the needs, interests, and ages of their students as well as their language and reading levels.

5 Responses to “Teachers’ Guide”

  1. Catherine Ostler Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I took the Teachers’ Guide home with a pile of marking. I sat down in a state of fatigue to mark and of course reached for the guide instead. I read all the way to page 37, mesmerized by the ease of reading and beautiful layout. It just proves the point that if you make it attractive, readers want to read it. The information in the Teachers’ Guide is pedagogically sound and beautifully presented—well done as always! (I just found poker chips at a garage sale for the activity on page 37!)

    Catherine Ostler
    ESL Instructor
    Capilano University

  2. Louise Green Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    The Best of the Reader is a great resource. I am teaching Linguistics 420: How to Teach ESL/EFL Reading and Writing at Trinity Western University. For their next assignments, students will take a reading from The Best of the Reader and use it as the text for a peer/micro teaching assignment where they develop a lesson plan and teach a reading strategy to their fellow students as if they were an ELSA class. We are combining this with work on the CLBenchmarks. Thanks for providing this great resource.

    Louise Green
    Instructor, Ling 420
    TWU TESOL Program
    English in a Multilingual World

  3. Joan Acosta Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I hope that you will send me some of your students’ lesson plans, Louise. I think that other teachers and tutors would find the teaching ideas interesting and useful.

  4. Krista Bisson Says:
    May 30th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Although “Best of The Reader” is intended for adult ESL and literacy students, I want to tell you that the books work wonderfully well with my Grade 5/6 split. After reading and discussing the story about Owen and Mzee in the “Amazing Stories” book, the students did research on Kenya, hippos, and Aldabra tortoises. We also talked a great deal about different kinds of friendships. I spun that one story into several days of learning. Thank you for all the work you have done on these books, Joan.

    Krista Bisson

  5. Luisa Rivera Gonzales Says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve just found this page and I think it is fantastic. I use the readings with my YLE students and they like them because they are light and interesting.
    Thanks, Joan, for these resources that make our classes more dinamic.
    Luisa Ysabel Rivera Gonzales

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