The Moodle Reader Module

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  • The Moodle “Reader” plug-in module and the MReader.org browser-based tool both provide quizzes on over 5500 graded readers and books for young readers, so that teachers can have a simple way to assess their students' work. All quizzes are randomized with a time-limit for their completion which allows students to take the quizzes open-book, even at home, while minimizing the possibility of cheating. Note that there is no reading material for students on either system apart from the quizzes themselves. These tools are available free or charge, supported by the Extensive Reading Foundation.

    The Extensive Reading approach to language acquisition advocates the reading of a large volume of material that is easier than the learner's language level, rapidly with little dictionary use, of material of the learner's own choice. Through this massive amount of reading the student can internalize the grammar and vocabulary that has already been studied. See the Extensive Reading Foundation (http://erfoundation.org) and ER-Central (http://er-central.com) for further information on this approach to language learning.

    This particular site offers support to those who have installed the Moodle "Reader" plug-in on their own school's Moodle.

    Moodle “Reader” plug-in: You will receive a username and password that you must enter in the Moodle site-level settings before you will be able to download quizzes. Note that the plug-in requires that you have full admin access to the Moodle system, including the server files, or that the school Moodle admin is willing to fully cooperate with you to set the plug-in up.

    MReader.org: For schools that do not have their own Moodle, you may consider the new non-Moodle, more user-friendly browser-based interface which can be viewed at http://mreader.org. An screencast overview can be found here. English curriculum administrators and individual teachers are welcome to create their own "school" on MReader. The basic policy is that each school will have one account, thus individual teachers must be willing to manage their site for the benefit of the entire school staff and students.

    For use of either system, registration is required. In order to maintain the security of the site, please write from your institutional email address rather than a free email account and provide details concerning 1) your institution, 2) the potential number of student users and 3) the graded/youth reader series available to your students. Contact Tom Robb (tom@moodlereader.org) if you would like to register for the Reader plug-in or view a sample MReader course.

    Quiz Security Policy: While this software is freely available for anyone to use, the quizzes may only be downloaded by recognized educational institutions. Access is denied to sites that allow free access, or offer free accounts.

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