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How to Use Graded Readers in the English Language Classroom

Discover the advantages of extensive reading and how to effectively embed graded readers into your English curriculum.

Explore the impact of extensive reading on English language learners

On this four-week course, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of extensive reading and reflect on why ER is an indispensable facet of the English language curriculum.

You’ll discover how to further your students’ reading skills using carefully selected graded readers. Using a variety of techniques, you’ll develop your understanding of how to embed ER practices and enrich your students’ experience of learning English.

Increase student exposure to English language reading material

By increasing the reading material your learners encounter, you’ll help them enhance much more than just their reading skills.

You’ll examine how graded readers can help motivate, stretch, and challenge your learners, helping build their self-esteem and enjoyment of learning a foreign language.

Help your students improve their English comprehension

Reading is one of the most impactful methods of comprehensible input.

You’ll discover how extensive reading can positively impact a learner’s grasp of writing, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar.

Using practical techniques, you’ll gain the skills to help students consolidate their learning and build on their pre-existing knowledge.

Create activities that benefit your learners’ entire reading journey

Extensive reading can help students engage with texts on a much deeper and meaningful level.

You’ll learn how to approach pre-reading activities, from gathering clues about the content from the cover, right through to post-reading activities such as discussing the story with peers.

By the end of this course, you’ll have gained a deeper understanding of how graded readers can be used with English language learners of all levels. Equipped with a range of activities, you’ll be able to design engaging and enriching approaches to teaching English language.

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What topics will you cover?

  • What do you understand by Extensive Reading?
  • Why Extensive Reading?
  • Incorporating Extensive Reading.
  • Pre-reading activities.
  • While-reading activities.
  • Post-reading activities.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what extensive reading is and why it's important.
  • Apply extensive reading in the classroom to help students learn English more effectively.
  • Integrate extensive reading into a school learning programme.
  • Identify practical pre-reading activities to get students interested in their graded readers.
  • Identify practical while-reading activities to use with students.
  • Identify practical post-reading activities to use with students.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English language teachers who want to improve their understanding of extensive reading and to further their use of graded readers.

Who will you learn with?

I have 30 years' experience teaching English, working with all ages and levels. I’ve run teacher training courses and workshops around the world. Now I work in instructional design at Language Fuel.

I taught English and trained teachers for a decade then moved into workplace learning. I then founded Language Fuel to bring together these two passions. We help English teachers grow their practice.

Who developed the course?

Language Fuel

Language Fuel helps busy teachers to continually improve their practice by providing development on-demand. They find experts in the field of English teaching from all over the world, and invite them to share their wisdom, which is then curated into practical, engaging bite-sized courses that form teacher-specific pathways.

Their mission is to make English teacher professional development relevant, accessible, affordable, and efficient.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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