Simple Text

Gif Lingua was created to provide simple reading material for both struggling and “reluctant” readers and ELLs (English language learners).   There was just a dearth of such material despite research showing that providing strong contextual and textual support (through leveled text,  images, audio, tools to support understanding) is key to improving students’ enjoyment and comprehension […]

The Gif Lingua “Way”

Bukowski famously said, “Never try. The trying gets in the way.” This could be our motto. We know now that the research tells us that when we “try” and memorize, repeat, order and control our learning experiences – we get in the way and the brain just doesn’t do its thing near as well as […]

We’ve Got Comprehension Quizzes

Teachers and students in a class can now add comprehension quizzes to books they write! It’s easy to do and see the steps outlined below.  Student results (%) will be shown in the Teacher LMS as well as the number of attempts. Our team will be also be adding quizzes to existing books, all levels. […]

Gif Lingua Goes WebM

Gifs are great!  They play in almost any environment and their “looping” quality actually facilitates learning. Zajonc’s Mere Exposure Effect is well proven and valid as an educational design feature. Shifting Attention is a concept that also has high validity for educational designers. When we view something repeatedly, we shift our attention and notice different […]

What did your students learn today?

We aren’t big fans of multiple choice quizzes nor the typical comprehension questions given out after reading.  It goes against the tenents of Extensive reading / watching. Further, it just doesn’t nurture students who become life long learners and readers.  Lastly, that time could be better spent enjoying more books! However, sometimes it is good […]

Videos

Gif Lingua doesn’t only have thousands of books. We have thousands of the best available videos on each book topic/subject. Our experienced teacher editors choose the best videos available on the web to support and extend the reading curriculum for the book.  For teachers, it saves loads of time and even if you aren’t getting […]

Extensive Reading Tips

We at Gif Lingua are all about extensive reading (or what we like to call – Extensive Watching.). We recently came across a nice ebook full of handy tips on how to best implement an ER program at your school. And it’s free! Extensive reading has research proven benefits for students, especially for language learners. […]

Create An Offline Library

Gif Lingua works on any device, any screen. It’s a great online reading library and study tool. But many don’t know about it’s most powerful feature – it can be used offline. One of the invisible features of Gif Lingua Books is that teachers and schools can create an instant digital library of books that […]

We’ve got video!

We have added videos to supplement each book and let students study additionally. The videos are level appropriate and meant to extend the learning and provide spoken/conversational context to help students. learn. It’s easy for students to access. Just select “Study” on any book title page and then “Video”. Not all books have videos but […]