What's Read Aloud
The Read Aloud Program is a proven method to help children acquire a second language. The Read Aloud Program at Wesley School allows children ample time to listen to and read books in English. To support our students in acquiring English as their second language, the Wesley Education Research Center has developed a comprehensive reading program based on our rich library resources, which include a collection of more than 10,000 books.
The Read Aloud Program is different from other reading programs because of four key elements.
Cycle 1 ：Words
Show –don’t tell- the meanings of target words. We do this by pointing to pictures and by using illustrated flashcards and gestures to dramatize the words.
Cycle 2 : Phrases
We use a combination of flashcards, pictures and gestures to walk students through the vocabulary learned in earlier classes. We use TPRS finger counting to check students’ comprehension.
Cycle 3 : Project
The teacher gives the students a task and provides an example of how to retell stories in their own words. We ask students to finish their own projects in their own ways and to be as creative as they can.
Cycle 4 : Presentation
The foreign (English-speaking) teacher gives a presentation example to establish expectations. Each child then takes a turn to present and tell their story to the class.