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Researchers have long said that effective readers make connections.  Good readers connect what they are reading to their own lives, to the world, and to other texts.

 

Many  ESOL teachers might think this is fine principle, but too abstract to use with low-level students.  Not so!  The questions can be simple and making connections is something the human mind does naturally all the time. 

Here are some examples of texts I have used in my low-level classes. 

 

Text Type:  Driver’s Application 

Connecting to Self

Do you have a driver’s license?  Does anyone in your family have one?Have you ever seen this form before?  Where? 
Connecting to Other Texts
Does this form look like other forms?What other forms ask for your name and address?What other forms ask for your social security number?   
Connecting to the World
Where can you get a driver’s license application?  Where do you send it?Is there an office of the Registry of Motor Vehicles near here?  How much does it cost to apply for a license in our state?

 

 

Text Type:  Narrative Description of a Neighborhood  

Connecting to Self

Compare your neighborhood to the one in the text:What is the same?  What is different? 

Connecting to Other Texts

Does the neighborhood in the text remind you of a neighborhood around here?Which one?  Why? 

Connecting to the World

Read two classmates’ paragraphs about their neighborhoods.  Compare your neighborhoods.  What is the same?  What is different?Find words that you all use to describe your neighborhood:  for example quiet or safe
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