English Language Learners

A Key Words step enhances vocabulary developmentEnhancing Vocabulary Development

The Read Naturally Strategy programs—Read Naturally Live (a component of Read Live), Read Naturally Encore, Read Naturally ME, and Read Naturally SE—include a Key Words step in which students read along with audio recordings of selected key words and their definitions. This benefits all students but is especially important for expanding the vocabulary of ELL students. Consider providing additional vocabulary support for ELL students by adapting the vocabulary step.

Read Naturally Live

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Individualized reading intervention program using web-based software
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Ways to enhance vocabulary development in Read Naturally Live:

  • During the Cold Timing step, a student should click on unknown words to hear the words pronounced immediately.
  • During the Read Along step, a student should click on highlighted vocabulary words to see and hear the definitions.
  • During the Pass step, the teacher should review the words that the student found difficult in the Cold Timing and/or Practice step(s) by clicking the Story Details tab on the Pass/Review Work screen.
  • The Wordtastic vocabulary game is available when the student is waiting for the teacher before the Cold Timing and Pass steps. The student selects synonyms or antonyms for words of similar difficulty to the student's Read Naturally Live level. The student can click individual words to hear them pronounced. 

Read Naturally Encore

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New individualized reading intervention program using printed stories and audio CDs
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Ways to enhance vocabulary development in Read Naturally Encore:

  • The teacher should ask the ELL student to underline any unknown words during the Cold Timing, Read Along, and/or Practice steps. 
  • The teacher should require the student to look up the underlined words in the glossary or in a dictionary.
  • If the underlined word is in the glossary, the student should read the definition while listening to the definition on the CD.
  • The teacher should discuss the meanings of the underlined words with the student.

Read Naturally SE

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Individualized reading intervention program using desktop software (client/server or stand-alone

Ways to enhance vocabulary development in Read Naturally SE:

  • The teacher should check the vocabulary option in the read-along step in Story Options.
  • During the Cold Timing step, a student should click on unknown words. After the timing, the student should click on unknown words to hear them pronounced. The teacher should require the student look up unknown words in a dictionary before continuing, or discuss the meanings of the underlined words with the student.
  • During the Read Along step, a student should click on highlighted vocabulary words to read and hear the definitions.
  • During the Pass step, the teacher should review the Difficult Words (click the Scores link) to make sure a student understands the words.

Read Naturally ME

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Individualized reading intervention program for specific audiences† using printed stories and audio CDs
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Ways to enhance vocabulary development in Read Naturally ME:

  • The teacher should ask the ELL student to underline any unknown words during the Cold Timing, Read Along, and/or Practice steps. 
  • The teacher should require the student to look up the underlined words in the glossary or in a dictionary.
  • If the underlined word is in the glossary, the student should read the definition while listening to the definition on the CD in the American Manners and Customs or Idioms series.
  • The teacher should discuss the meanings of the underlined words with the student.
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