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  Recommended Lab Practice for ESL 343

ESL 203 for ESL 343 is a free zero-unit lab course designed to give you the practice and instructional assistance you need to excel in Basic Reading Skills. Recommended lab activities for this level are listed below. Select the activities that are right for you. In addition, your course instructor may recommend activities from this list or assign alternate activities, Internet articles, or media materials from course texts.


The Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive (For vocabulary practice)
Focus on Grammar 1 (Open the Contents)
Fundamentals of English Grammar (Open the Outline)

Directions for using the software:
For OPDi, first time users click REGISTER. Under Teacher Name, select Teacher default and then write your name and password. (Use your student ID so you won't forget it.) Select a unit icon to study vocabulary based on a theme. After you are registered, click Sign in and select your class (Teacher_default) and name.

When you open FOG 1 or FEG, first time users open "click here" to set your user ID and password. In the program, click the (+) sign by the chapters. Scroll down to the Reading section and do the reading and the practice exercises based on the reading.

While reading and listening to a chapter, open the Oxford Genie on the desktop to look up new words.

Reading Explorer Intro Level: Select any 6 to 8 chapters of interest, or your instructor may recommend a chapter.
Borrow the text and the CD-Rom. (Get help in the lab for playing the audio and video files.)

Before Reading:
      Scan a chapter and choose Reading 1A or Reading 1B to read and listen to.
      Complete the "Before you Read" questions. (PLEASE DO NOT WRITE IN ANY LAB BOOK.)
Read and listen
      Read 1A or 1B
      Listen to the reading (Play audio file) and read along.
After Reading
      Answer the comprehension and Vocabulary questions (on paper please).
      Go to "Explore More" at the end of the chapter.
      Watch the video.
      Type the SUMMARY of the video, using the vocabulary from the box.
      Extra challenge: Write out the answers to C. Think About It.
      If the theme of the chapter was interesting to you, read the alternate reading passage and complete the comprehension and vocabulary exercises. Go over your work with a lab instructor.
      Follow the same directions for other chapters.

Leaders of the Americas 1
Borrow the textbook with audio CD. Select 8 chapters that you want to read.

Before Reading:
      Study the Table of Contents and select a chapter on a leader you want to learn more about.
      In each chapters, read the Timeline of Important Events, the Vocabulary Preview (Please don't write in the book), and the Story Preview (think about the questions).
Read and listen:
      Scan the title, subheadings, graphics, and footnotes.
      Read the story.
      Listen to the audio and read along.
After Reading:
      Open a Microsoft Word document. For practice, type out and complete the Comprehension Questions.
      Type out the Story and Vocabulary Review section, using vocabulary from the box. While typing, highlight, the words you chose to fill the gaps and make them bold.
      Read and listen to the Dialog section.
      With a lab partner, practice reading out loud the Story and Vocabulary Review and the Dialog sections.

Listen to audio CDs to Accompany Texts
      Active Skills for Reading Intro level
      Active Skills for Reading Level 1
      Real Reading 1


You will find Vocabulary and Reading practice on under the 340 series of courses.

Check your Moodle page often, where you will find your class assignments and other links your instructor may post.

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