Helping Students Tackle Complex Texts with Close Reading

15 March 2020

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OVERVIEW

Addressing different needs of students can make teaching reading a challenging task. Close reading is a powerful instructional strategy to help students interact with complex texts and enhance their reading comprehension. In this webinar, we will examine essential elements of close reading, including multiple reads, annotating and text-dependent questions to help teachers conduct a close read lesson. We will discuss different purposes for each multiple read to help students uncover layers of text meaning and thus gain a deeper understanding. We will also explore how to teach students annotating with a purpose. Annotating strategies can direct students’ attention to key ideas and keep track of their own thoughts.  Lastly, we will learn how to use text-dependent questions following each read to engage students in close reading and to evaluate students’ understanding.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Hsu-Ping Tuan received her M.A. in TESOL through the PreK-12 program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.S. in Brain Science from National Yangming Jiaotong University, Taiwan. She was awarded the Teachers College, Columbia University John F. Fanselow Award for developing outstanding ESL materials. She is a certified ESL teacher in New York State, and has extensive teaching experience in the US and Taiwan. She dedicates herself to adapting ESL curriculum for students in EFL contexts so that students can achieve better learning outcomes. She is also interested in integrating the latest research findings of neuroscience and English teaching to facilitate students’ learning. Currently, she is the founder and principal of a language academy, an adjunct university lecturer at National Yangming Jiaotong University, a curriculum designer for online reading courses and a teacher trainer who provides professional development worldwide.

Hsu Ping Tuan
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