IEOP Reading 4B, Spring 2009
Vocabulary Frequency Activity
How many words in a news article are from the 1000 most frequent words (K1), how about the 2000 most frequent (K2)? How many are from the Academic Word List (AWL)? Is it important for a student to know the words in those lists? Let's try it out.
- Go to this website: VocabProfiler.
- Copy and paste any article of your choice in the window and click "submit".
- In the results (left column) look at the percent of K1 words and K2 words
- What is the percent of AWL words?
- What is the percent of off-list words? (these can be names, foreign words, and words from other lists)
- Now go down and look at the words belonging to every list using their colors (blue for K1, green for K2, yellow for AWL, and red for off-list)
- Write down the words you do not know and the list type they belong to.
- Which list do you think you need to start working on?
Reading Speed 1
Open the following link to a short story. When I start the clock, start reading as fast as you can for ONE minute, then count how many words you were able to read.
Famous People Biography
This is not a quiz. Download one of the following Word files and work on it. When you are done, email it to me and work on another one. You can choose any person you like to read about. The files contain a reading text and exercises about that text. After you send the file to me with the answers, you can look at the answer's file.
- Larry Page: Co-founder of Google
Listen to Larry Page text
- Che Guevara: Freedom fighter
Listen to Che Guevara text
- Ratan Tata: Indian industrialist
Listen to Ratan Tata text
Magazine ThemesChoose one theme from the list below and work on it during class. Double-click on any word to its definition from Cambridge online dictionary. Each theme includes the follwing (and more):
- Magazine article: with comprehension questions and writing activity.
- Word games (may work better in Internet explorer)
- Stories with activities
- Trivia: a variety of interesting information about the topic, such as famous people, films, numbers, proverbs, food recipes, songs and games. Read what you like.
Choose one story from one of these sites and read it. Work on the accompanying activities when you are finished. Some stories are a little long so you will have to finish them at home. Try to read quickly without the use of a dictionary. If you face new words, try to understand their meaning from the context. If you think the story is too difficult for you, choose another one. Make sure to write a short summary of the story (4-5 lines) and email it to me.
Reading Speed 2
Open the following link to a short story. You will read page 3 starting The Bell. When I start the clock, read as fast as you can for ONE minute, then count how many words you were able to read.
Click here for text
This Sunday, many people are celebrating Easter. To learn more about this holiday, read the following text and work on the reading activities. When you are done, save your work and email it to me. Click here to download the Word file.
Veishea is coming to town
Don't miss the fun and activities in Veishea, the nation's largest student festival. click here to learn more about it, and check the schedule.