Frequently Asked Questions
Unit Walkthrough: Getting Ready
Unit Walkthrough: Chapters 1 & 2
Unit Walkthrough: Real Life Skill & What Do You Think?
Unit Walkthrough: Using the Audio Component
Unit Walkthrough: Review Units
Unit 1: Looking for Work
Unit 2: Computer Culture
Unit 3: Travel Adventures
Unit 4: Haunted by the Past
Unit 5: A Good Read
Unit 6: A New Generation of Thinking
Unit 7: It's Dinner Time!
Unit 8: Beyond Planet Earth
Unit 9: Energy for Life
Unit 10: Language and Life
Unit 11: The Natural World
Unit 12: Music: Influence and Innovation
Review Unit 1
Review Unit 2
Review Unit 3
Review Unit 4
IPA Chart and TOEFL iBT Reading Skills
Using the Audio Componont
With every level of the second edition of ACTIVE Skills for Reading, there is an audio component onMP3, which consists of recordings of the reading passages in the book. Using the audio can be nefit both teachers and students: Non-native English teachers, for example, may wish to listen for correct pronunciation and intonation of vocabulary items and expressions in the reading. For students, the audioallows them to hear how vocabulary and expressions inthe reading are spoken by a native English speaker.Please note, however, that the passages have been recorded by native English speakers, at near native English speed. These recordings are not design edto be used for listening comprehension exercises inclass, but rather as a way of attuning students' ears tothe sound of native-spoken English. Students can been couraged to build their reading fluency by listening tothe MP3 while they read, and trying to keep the same pace as the recording. This will give them add itionalpractice to increase their reading rate.
After every three units there is a Review Unit. Thereare two primary purposes of the Review Unit. First, toprovide practice in the development of reading fluencyand second, to allow readers to review the vocabularytaught in the earlier three units.
Every Review Unit contains a Fluency Strategy box that contains information on the strategy for that unit, andgives students guidance on how to develop and use it.Make sure students read this strategy box before theystart the activity. The reading passage then providesexplicit practice of the fluency strategy.
There are three readings in each Review Unit. The first reading focuses on explicit instruction of a specificfluency strategy. Muscle reading, SQ5R, PARCER, andReading ACTIVEly are addressed in Book 4.
Self Check After the first reading passage, there is a Serf Check,which gives an opportunity for students to reflect ontheir experience using the fluency strategy taught inthat Review Unit.
Second and Third Reading
The primary focus for the second and third reading passages in each Review Unit is to build up readingfluency. To help students increase reading fluency, useactivities such as Rate Build-Up, Repeated Reading,or Class-Paced Reading for the second passage. For the third passage, students should be encouraged touse Self-Paced Reading. These specific activities for building reading rate are described below.
Four Activities for Building
To help students increase their reading rate, considerusing one of the following activities.
1. Rate Build-Up DrillStudents are given sixty seconds to read as much
material as they can. After the first sixty-second periodends, they start reading again from the beginning of the text for an additional sixty seconds. This drill is repeated a third and a fourth time. Students should be able to reread the "old" material faster and faster,extending into new material. By the end of the activity, students should be reading more material in the lastsixty-second period than in the first. As students repeat this rate-building activity, their reading rate should increase. After four sixty-second periods, encourage students to continue reading the passage through to the end.