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Metacognitive Reading and
Class ESL Subject: Prepared By: Connie Daugherty
Overview & Purpose Standards Addressed
What will be learned and why it is useful.
WA Read with Understanding
The basic steps of metacognitive pre-reading, so they can use them whenever they read. WA Convey Ideas in writing
WA Speaking Standards
Student career awareness, especially about careers that our college trains for and careers that local employers
need, so they have a better chance of getting living-wage jobs. Ability to obtain needed information
Collaborate to gather information
Objectives Use at least four basic metacognitive pre-reading strategies in a useful context Materials Needed
(Specify skills/information that will Paper
List these four basic pre-reading strategies or questions. Pencil
BTC Career Fair Flyer
Find and list at least one career our college trains for. Career Fair at BTC handouts:
Before the Class Assignment,
Ask questions about that career and write the answers. Career Fair at BTC, and
After the Career Fair
Find and list at least two employers that are seeking employees. BTC Job Training Pamphlets
Practice speaking with Americans about jobs. Dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Prepared list of related careers and
career-training available on
Review or connect to: Previous lessons on job titles and their job history campus (from BTC Job Training
(Previous knowledge, vocabulary) pamphlets)
In some cases, previous lessons on reading
Ideally, this would be connected to career awareness surveys they took, such as
Envision Your Career or Picture Interest Career Survey or other career
awareness activities they did prior (see Career Awareness for Low Level ESL
Presentation of lesson Appraisal: Have students answer questions about what they do before they read
(new content) something (in writing, so they have more time to reflect), in the Before the Class
Anticipatory: Ask students what jobs they would like to have. If students have (e.g. Web, books, etc.)
taken career awareness surveys, they can discuss their Holland Code job
preferences. BTC website
BTC Job Training Pamphlets
Lesson: Show students the BTC Career Fair flyer and the Career Fair at BTC Company Pamphlets handed out at the
handout. (Questions were made general enough so this lesson could pertain to career fair
any career fair.) Help them follow the written directions, answering questions Click on BTC Careers handout
about the bolded words, then the pictures. Emphasize (help them be aware of)
these are steps they should take each time they read and pre-read.
As students answer questions #4-5 about careers available in this career field
and/or jobs they’re interested in, they will probably need to brainstorm job titles,
use picture dictionaries and ask for help. (They can be given the BTC Job
Training Pamphlets to look at just for job titles at this point, but we don’t want
them to get all the answers to their questions yet, so it’s best if the job training Additional Notes
pamphlets are just used for pictures and bolded job titles.)
Questions #6 & 7 go back to metacognitive pre-reading strategies. For students who have learned their
Holland Code preferences, this is also
Next activity: Practice pronunciation of questions they can ask people at the a good opportunity for seeing which
career fair. They can repeat in a group and do pair practice (listening to each careers in the career field being
other, not answering the questions). Continue until students feel confident and presented will be most suited to them,
are clearly understood. and extra time should be allotted to
look this up.
Independent/Group Go to the career fair and ask people questions they’ve practiced (and other For level 2 students, allow more time
Practice questions if they can). Fill out their handouts from the answers they hear and and more tutors. They will need more
(Describe the independent activity from what they read and observe. Get familiar with local employers and career
to reinforce this lesson)
help with job titles, the idea of a “career
training options. Collect addresses, websites, phone numbers and names that fair”, and the concept of reading
could help them in future job hunting. strategies. They will also need to go at
a slower pace and made need a couple
Students will probably be interested enough that they will try to read through the class periods before they’re ready to
brochures they picked up at the career fair. talk to Americans at the career fair.
The next day: Have each student talk about what he/she learned at the career
fair and about his/her experience.
Have students review pre-reading strategies in Questions #1-2 in the After the
Career Fair handout. Have them list what they did/can do before they read
anything, referring back to their BTC Career Fair handout. (Lower-level
students will probably want to answer questions as if they are only about this
reading assignment, rather than any text, and the confusion/error and extra time
spent on it may actually help them remember the concept better.) Return their
Before the Career Fair handout and have them compare their answers.
Questions #3-6 continue with questions about their experiences at the job fair
and about getting information. Have them share their questions about the
careers and brainstorm how to find out the information. Look through the BTC
Job Training pamphlets to answer some of their questions, such as the length of
training, approximate salaries, etc.
At the end of this lesson, students should have a good grasp of some pre-
reading strategies and should feel more confident about how to get information
about job training and jobs.
Other follow-up opportunities:
If computers are available, this could be a good springboard for the Click on
BTC Careers activity, to get students familiar with the BTC website and the job
training information there.
You may want to assign another reading assignment with reminders (in print
with the reading strategies “bookmark” ideally) of pre-reading steps. This could
be done as a later follow-up activity.
Continue to ask students the pre-reading strategy questions with other reading
Assessment Assessment tools: The finished Career Fair at BTC handout and
After the Assignment questions (compare to Before the Assignment questions to
Students who complete the Career Fair at BTC handout will use at least 4 pre-
They will list four pre-reading strategies in After the Assignment.
They will find and list at least one career our college trains for in the process of
doing the Career Fair at BTC.
They will ask questions about that career at the career fair and write the
answers on Career Fair at BTC.
To do this, they must practice speaking with Americans about jobs.
They will also find and list at least two employers that are seeking employees at
the career fair.