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Accelerated Reading   Accelerated Reading is a commercially produced reading program that includes quizzes administered via computer and student selection of books....  
Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA)  ALMA's mission is to help adults gain the basic reading, writing, and math skills they need to achieve their goals. They create innovative, educationally...  
Affricates   Consonantal, non-continuant, or stop sounds characterized by slow fricative release; the sounds of English ch and j or dg (and sometimes g) are exampl...  
Alliteration   Alliteration can give a pleasing sound to a sentence. It is the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables...  
Alphabetics   Alphabetics is the use of letters in an alphabet to represent spoken words. Because spoken words are made up of smaller, more basic sounds (phonemes),...  
Assessment Profile   A reading profile is obtained by measuring a student's ability in several aspects of the reading process: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and/or comprehension...  
Audiolingual Approach   The audiolingual approach is a behavioristic approach to language learning, which stems from the belief that the ability to make a sound or use correct...  
Automaticity   Automaticity in reading is the ability to read fluently without having to spend a lot of effort on or attention to recognizing words. This saved effort...  
Basal Readers   Elementary school books using simple or controlled vocabulary and exercises to progressively reinforce developing skills....  
Brainstorming   A classroom strategy that generates a list of ideas or a creative solution. First, all students in the class contribute input, accepting all ideas. Then...  
Case Study Teaching Method   The practice of using cases as a pedagogical tool in fields such as law, business, medicine, and education -- cases may include real and imagined scenarios,...  
Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL)  The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) seeks to improve our understanding of ways to advance the reading skills of struggling adult learners...  
Choral Reading   Choral reading is group reading aloud in unison. It is used as one of the whole language, literacy-learning techniques....  
Cloze Procedure   The cloze procedure helps learners practice using context by filling in blanks in a sentence....  
Cognitively Guided Instruction   An instructional strategy in which a teacher assesses what students already know about a subject and then builds on students' prior knowledge. Students...  
Collaborative Learning   An instructional approach in which students of varying abilities and interests work together in small groups to solve a problem, complete a project, or...  
Comprehension Monitoring   Comprehension monitoring is reading comprehension strategy used to help understand a text that is being read. Readers are aware or conscious of how well...  
Concept Mapping   A type of graphic organizer useful at all stages of a learning activity to collect and put information in order. The teacher begins by writing a word...  
Concurrent Translation   Concurrent Translation is a bilingual teaching approach in which the teacher uses two languages interchangeably during instruction. When not carefully...  
Content-Based ESL   This approach to teaching English as a second language makes use of instructional materials, learning tasks, and classroom techniques from academic content...  
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