How to implement guided reading

This teachers‘ guide introduces you to guided reading. Guided reading is a common differentiated teaching approach used in the young learners’ classroom to develop learners’ reading skills. It aims at helping all learners become confident and effective readers, starting at the level they are at. Guided reading is used to close the gap between shared […]

Vocabulary matters. A talk and vocabulary-focused approach for rich guided reading

This teacher’s guide highlights the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary in the young learner classroom. The understanding of written text means that we need to move our learners from using social, everyday vocabulary to talk to recognising and using more abstract vocabulary used in writing. Learners need extensivevocabulary building, multiple exposures to the new vocabulary, […]

Encouraging extensive reading to advance intensive reading skills

The fact that our human brains are not hard-wired for reading means that the only way to develop our reading habit and become an effective reader is through reading. In this session we explore the ins and outs of extensive reading, why it is invaluable to develop learners’ reading for comprehension skills and possible challenges […]

5 ways to support students with dyslexia

While it’s not a language teacher’s role to diagnose specific learning needs, it is important for us to monitor our young learner students’ progress. In this blog post, written for Pearson, I talk about supporting learners with dyslexia.

The art of storytelling in the YL classroom

In this blog written for Pearson, I’ll be talking about storytelling; why storytelling is so powerful, what the benefits are for learners and how you can use storytelling with your learners in the YL classroom.

Shake up those reading circles

You might feel like you are in for a change after having done the same reading circle for ages. This blogpost gives you some ideas in how to vary the set up of reading circles with your YLs. Happy reading!