Aprender a Ler: Learning Tools for Early Grade Readers
June 1, 2015
USAID | ApaL Teaching & Learning Aids
The ultimate goal of the USAID | Aprender a Ler (ApaL) project is to achieve a proficient level of reading comprehension among 2nd and 3rd grade students. Building up skills like decoding and listening comprehension work toward that goal, but it is also essential to create a literacy environment to stimulate students and motivate them to utilize their new skills.
USAID | ApaL has developed Teaching and Learning Aids (TLAs) designed to accompany a set of lesson plans for teachers in project schools. These TLAs include items such as letter charts, key word cards, and sets of books for students to practice reading. By following the lesson plans and using these materials, teachers are able to teach children to sound out letters, small words, and sentences.
While the project promotes these strategies in classrooms, parental engagement is also important in this process. USAID|ApaL encourages parents to engage in the reading process of their children and allows students to borrow materials to use at home. This site offers some of the resources developed by the project and hopes to encourage others to promote quality literacy programs in Mozambique.
For more information on these materials please contact USAID/ApaL Senior Reading Expert, Willem van de Waal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
USAID|ApaL worked with local writers to develop a set of eighteen read aloud books to help practice listening comprehension and teach new vocabulary. Stories were written based on themes from national textbooks and folk stories. Teachers explain relevant vocabulary words during lessons with child-friendly definitions, and students read aloud in classes and small groups. Read aloud books are also a great resource for encouraging children reading at more advanced levels to borrow books to read and talk about with their families and friends.
USAID|ApaL developed a set of decodable books to help children who are becoming more fluent in reading words, sentences, and paragraphs. These eighteen small books have been produced to be used during USAID|ApaL lessons. In a classroom setting each child has a book to practice paired reading. Decodable books contain simpler text than the read alouds and can also be useful for students to practice at home.