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Topic of the Week:

Strategy for L2 Reading: Judge the Book By Its Cover
Apr 22, 2019

By Tera Reid-Olds, PhD Candidate and CASLS Intern

When it comes to assigning texts, the most difficult question to ask myself is, “how do I create points of entry for my learners into a (con)text that is unfamiliar?” It often feels like I am the matchmaker and I have ten minutes to set the stage for a positive first encounter between my learners and the reading material I’ve selected. I believe that a learner can form a positive, meaningful relationship wi...Read more

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