Home » Archives by category » Liven Up Your Lessons

Myths of Graded Readers, Part 2

by Terry Phillips   Continued from Part 1   Myth 3: You only need to control for vocabulary level to make a reading text comprehensible So let’s forget adapting native speaker readers. Graded ESL/EFL readers from UK publishers are certainly strictly, almost pathologically, controlled for vocabulary. But English is a syntactic language, so unless there […]

Read more

by Terry Phillips   I have been in language teaching for over forty years, working as a freelance ELT author for the last 30 years. During that time, I have written support materials for graded readers but never actually written any myself. I did not think there was a need for any more graded readers. […]

Read more

  by Terry Phillips   Presenting and practising tense grammar in context A narrative can be written in present tenses. In fact, it should be, for students when they are starting to read. We do not want a learner to have a first encounter with a verb in the simple past, since so many frequent […]

Read more

  by Terry Phillips   Developing speaking and writing Last time we talked about how narratives get students motivated and actively reading or listening. But they can also be used as a springboard for developing speaking and writing. The most obvious link to speaking practice is role play, in which students act out scenes that […]

Read more

by Terry Phillips   Why should we use narratives with language learners? The use of continuing stories in ELT coursebooks has fallen out of fashion since I came into the business – sorry, profession – in the 1970s. This seems to me to be a great shame. Narratives are very powerful as a language learning […]

Read more

  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Sight words are words that appear over and over in the English language. Some of these words can be sounded out, but many cannot. When children can recognize these words immediately “on sight,” their reading speeds up and they gain fluency. This makes the entire reading experience more enjoyable […]

Read more

  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   The type of four-letter words your child needs to learn are frog, plan, drip, went, send, cast, or fast.   For kids to feel confident about reading, they need a plan to figure out new words. As the adult, you are not only teaching how to read specific words, […]

Read more

  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Reading their first book is a big and exciting step for your child. Having the fun of reading a book, making friends with the characters, finding out what happens to them – these are all things that bring joy for your child. With a solid phonics foundation, your child […]

Read more

by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Your child has learned the alphabet. They know which letters represent which sounds. They have practiced blending sounds together. Now it is time for the exciting step of learning to read words! With all your preparation, the next step will be easy.   Practice for a few minutes the two-letter […]

Read more

by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Before the next step, make sure your child knows the sounds of the alphabet. Can they can tell you the sound bbbb when they see the letter b? Do they know a-a-apple starts with the sound aaa, and letter name aye?   Before reading, the next step is to learn […]

Read more

Page 1 of 3123