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August 1, 1999

Learning Resources

The Learning Resources site uses current CNN news articles to promote literacy. Each week a new story is featured and accompanied by a comprehensive set of interactive activities that test the reader's comprehension.

The site features an uncluttered and easy-to-read layout. Nice images accompany the articles.

A good navigational bar is on the left side of the pages.

The Learning Resources site was created to help adult ESL students reach a higher level of English literacy. Students in regular and ESL middle-school and high-school classrooms can use the site to practice reading comprehension skills. The CNN stories chosen each week are interesting to a wide audience and are often based on a social/cultural studies theme. Each story is offered in the original version and in an abridged format with easier vocabulary and sentence structure for learners with lower skill levels. The stories each have an interactive set of quiz activities, including Word Selection, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary, Sequencing, Questions and Answers, and Your Turn! -- an opportunity to express personal opinions about the story content.