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Online course

Using Peer Tutoring to Improve Student Reading

Find out how to improve the reading of students aged 8-14 years old, by using the peer tutoring method.

Using Peer Tutoring to Improve Student Reading

Help your students develop their literacy skills

It’s estimated that one-fifth of children living in developed countries now leave school with poor reading skills.

Reading is an important skill for all school children, as it’s the key to accessing all areas of the curriculum.

On this course, you’ll learn how to help 8-14 year old students improve their literacy skills, by using the peer tutoring method.

You’ll explore the evidence that supports the use of this technique and apply it to your own practice.

You’ll learn how to use the peer tutoring method to develop your students’ social skills.

You’ll get access to a set of downloadable resources.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Use of a paired reading as a pedagogic technique in educational or non-educational settings
  • Evidence that supports the use of peer tutoring as a means to improve reading
  • Explore participants own experiences of using peer learning
  • The technique of paired reading
  • How to structure peer tutoring in reading
  • How to establish peer tutoring in reading in educational/childcare settings
  • The benefits of using peer tutoring to promote learning
  • Understanding the research behind peer tutoring
  • Developing social and communications skills for and through peer learning
  • Planning and trouble shooting advice to embed paired reading in an educational or non-educational setting

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore the evidence that underpins the use of peer tutoring as a means to improve reading for students aged 8-14 years-old
  • Examine (and apply) in which settings and contexts peer tutoring should be used as a means to improve reading for students aged 8-14 years-old
  • Develop the skills of how to use peer tutoring as a means to improve reading for students aged 8-14 years-old in educational/childcare settings
  • Reflect and discuss how to develop social and communication skills in students aged 8-14 years-old

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at KS2 and KS3 school teachers (those teaching students aged 8-14 years old). It will also be of interest to practitioners in educational or childcare settings, parents engaged in home education programmes with their children, and those with an interest in teaching reading or literacy.

Who will you learn with?

Allen Thurston

Allen is Professor of Education at Queen's University Belfast. His research focuses on using cooperative learning strategies to promote learning for children.

Who developed the course?

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

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  • Access to this course for 5 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
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