I have a background in Reading Education with a Master’s in Reading Education from University of Texas at El Paso to teach all levels from kindergarten through twelve grades and higher education. I taught at El Paso Community College for thirteen years. At El Paso Community College, I taught ESL (English as a Second Language), Beginning Reading and Intermediate Reading. English as a second language has six levels. I taught all six levels. For example, level one is designed to teach foreign students the basic elements of reading which include improving their vocabulary and breaking down a small reading passage by identifying the topic, main idea and supporting details in the reading. In the final level of English as a second language, students are able to interpret complete paragraphs by identifying the author’s purpose and message and also make inferences about the reading. In Beginning Reading students work with understanding the main topic of a reading passage by answering; what, when, where, why and how the events happened in the reading. Intermediate Reading teaches students how to identify implied main ideas, cause and effect relationships, and compare and contrast what they have read.
In the last five months, I have been tutoring a fifth grader who was reading and writing at a first grade level and has now progressed to a third grade level. The tutoring method I have used to achieve this result is Guided Reading. Guided reading includes having the student read out loud short stories that contain illustrations and having the student pause to answer questions about what has been read. This method is used in order for students to comprehend what they read in detail. Since, my student was so low in reading and writing I used activity books like “Phonics and Reading, “Spelling” and “Letters” to help him pronounce words when he read short stories. These activity books also helped him compose and reading short sentences without him getting frustrated. I had my student read short stories and write reflection questions and answers related to the story so he could better understand the story and retain what he read. Also, other activities that helped him were drawing pictures and copying single sentences from the story. As a result my student is now reading and writing fluently at a third grade level and continues to improve.
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