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.


Key course information


Duration: 4 weeks

Weekly study: 1 hour

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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.

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.

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.

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