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Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills

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How can you help your learners build vocabulary, without rote memorization, and improve reading comprehension through contextualized lessons? No matter what level learner you work with, this course will help you learn how to weave vocabulary and comprehension skills into any lesson. Participants in this course will leave with useful resources, a deeper understanding of vocabulary and comprehension skills, and experience contextualizing these skills into lessons. This course complements Foundations of Reading: Print Skills; however, the Print Skills online course is not a prerequisite for this course.

In this course, we will be using Google Docs which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our online courses:

  • The ability to collaborate on documents.
  • The ability to access these documents readily once the course is complete and Blackboard is closed.
  • The opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom.

Opening a Google Account

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills course begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Completion of the course is designed to require approximately four hours a week. However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills training, you must complete all assignments, respond to each discussion question, and respond at least once to one of your classmates in any of the week’s discussion/assignment forums.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your online colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this course.

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