YLTSIG Mini Course: Developing children's initial literacy in early years and lower-primary ELT

Join IATEFL Young Learners & Teenagers SIG, together with Wendy Arnold and Shelagh Rixon from ELT Consultants for this mini course.

The mini course will run on the 28, 29 and 30 September from 13.00 – 15.00 (UK time) each day.

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During the six hours, you will explore what ‘reading’ means and how to teach it.

Session 1 – Foundations and building blocks

Listening and speaking are foundations. Sounds and letters are building blocks. You will discover the potential of sounding out and whole word recognition as well as the use of graded texts.

Session 2 – Beyond sounding out: making meaning

You will discover ways to support early reading in English: shared reading, participating in read alouds and using picturebooks.

Session 3 – Becoming a reader: reading to learn

You will discover ways to engage children in independent reading with a focus on student-published storybooks.

Wendy Arnold, MA in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL), has 30 years’ ELT experience as a teacher, trainer, materials writer, researcher, project manager and consultant. Her special interests are early literacy and teaching reading. She conducted a 10-year reading research project using a multi-grade reading scheme.

Shelagh Rixon, PhD, has worked as teacher, trainer and materials writer. She was in the English Language Division of the British Council and Associate Professor at Warwick University, coordinating the MA in Teaching English to Young Learners. Her PhD is in early literacy teaching to learners of English as another language.

The mini course will take place on Zoom Meeting.

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Event details

Event type:

SIG Event
Young Learners & Teenagers


28/09/2021 - 13:00 until 30/09/2021 - 15:00 UK time


IATEFL YLTSIG members: free
IATEFL members: 15 GBP
Standard fee: 20 GBP
Capacity: max 25 participants

Register now Max participants: 19