5 benefits of using graded Readers with young learners

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It’s widely reported that language learners who read develop other language skills more quickly than those who don’t. When we encourage our students to read and enjoy reading, we are helping them to progress in their English language learning. 

Something for everyone

We have a huge variety of Pearson English Readers available for young learners, adolescents and adults, with something to suit all your students’ tastes.

There are different ways to use our graded Readers in class: for example, you may choose to have one book which the whole class reads together. Alternatively, you may have a library and provide time during the lesson for your students to pick up and read a story which interests them individually.

However you choose to use our Readers in class, here are five reasons why we think they’re a great tool for the English classroom.

1. Tap into students’ interests 

Many of our Readers are based on characters and stories which students are familiar with. You can take advantage of this by allowing students to share their knowledge of the text before they even open the book. For example, you can have students:

  • Tell you about the main characters, describing their appearance as well as their personality
  • Explain the main plot in pairs and then check their predictions as a class as you read
  • Write questions about the text which a partner can either answer before reading (checking their answers as they read) or after reading

2. Develop pronunciation 

The full audio is available for all our Readers on our website. This allows your students to follow along as they read. This can help raise their awareness of features of speech such as the pronunciation of individual words and intonation when reading stories or in direct speech. You can also pause the audio whilst reading and have students repeat words or sentences to help them advance their pronunciation skills.

3. Build communication skills

Our Readers include a good variety of text and direct speech, making them easy to use as scripts for short plays. If you want to put on a dramatic production, students can create costumes for their character, allowing their creative side to flourish! 

Producing a short play together also builds their social and communication skills and teamwork – skills which are critical for the future.

4. Develop vocabulary

All our Readers are carefully graded to one of six levels: the grammar and lexis in each story is adapted to suit the needs of your learners. This means students will be able to relax and enjoy reading our stories at the same time as understanding and learning new vocabulary in context.

Encourage students to take note of new vocabulary – and use it in written and spoken contexts. This will help them to build up a bank of new vocabulary which they can use in their own writing and speaking.

5. Enjoy supportive teachers’ resources

All of our Readers come with extra downloadable materials. With ideas for discussion activities, comprehension questions and follow-up tasks, the teachers’ resources provide you with everything you need to make the most of each text.

 Explore the Readers website and inspire your learners today. 

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Do you use Readers in class with your students? Let us know how in the comments.

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