There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and getting lost in a world of fantasy, or learning about the world and the people in it. Our range of Pearson English Graded Readers are designed to engage students, entertain them with classic stories and teach them new vocabulary and language structures at the same time.
Here are six reasons why we should be helping students fall in love with reading.
1. Scaffolding vocabulary
Unlike authentic reading materials, which can often be too challenging for lower-level students, graded readers carefully introduce learners to new vocabulary in context. This allows students to infer the meaning of new words without having to reach for a dictionary.
Graded readers also help students revise and practice level-appropriate lexis, reinforcing what they already know. By exposing students to the right level of challenge, readers help students expand and bolster their vocabulary and learn to express themselves more clearly.
2. Engaging your learners
Graded readers are made for everyone. These high-quality adaptations for English-language learners are not only written for their educational value, but they also keep the entertainment value of the original piece.
What’s more, there’s no need to force students to read books they would never choose for themselves; whether they enjoy comedies, thrillers, horror stories or classic novels, they’ll be able to find a book and a genre to suits their tastes. You can be sure they will keep your students hooked, page after page.
3. Improving language skills
The best way to hone any skill is through consistent practice. Graded readers are short and focused, which means learners don’t lose interest and are able to complete the book, giving them a real sense of achievement. The books also come with additional exercises and vocabulary lists.
Encouraging students to read in their own time also helps them learn independently – an essential skill for anyone learning a language.
4. Supporting exam preparation
Reading is an excellent, low-pressure way to supplement students’ exam preparation. Students tend to enjoy reading more than doing grammar exercises, so they are far more likely to do it in their free time, and complete the exercises you set for them. Graded readers are also an excellent resource for students, as it helps them review key language in a natural context.
5. Bringing the outside world in
Non-fiction graded readers also appeal to students because they are full of interesting facts and insights about the world around them.
Graded readers can be used as great starting points for topic-based projects and to capture students interest about themes you want to touch on in class. They can also be used as source material for presentations and other collaborative activities.
6. Providing additional resources and practice opportunities
Our graded readers are aligned with CEFR levels and the Global Scale of English (GSE), which makes it easy for teachers to select the right material for their classes.
They also come with free, downloadable resources for every book and teachers can also use the comprehensive Teacher’s Notes, extra activities, worksheets and tests that come with each title. Audiobooks are also available for most of the readers, and these provide clear models for pronunciation.
Tips for using readers in class
Are you looking for creative and interesting ways to incorporate graded readers into your classes?
Young learner and teen teachers will love our post on ways to use Doctor Who readers in class and our article about super hero ideas that can engage your students – featuring graded readers from the Marvel series.
You’ll also find out how to re-engage reluctant readers with this post on using graded readers to motivate your students.
Find out more about Pearson English Graded Readers and discover the perfect stories for your students.