Using Guided Readers

Senior teacher Jo tells us why our students use guided readers in English lessons everyday

Our students read books for 10 minutes every day in lesson 2. This is because regular reading practice helps improve reading fluency. We use guided readers, which means students read books that are the right level for them. We have a wide selection of books and everyone chooses their own as it is more motivating to read something that interests you. Reading is also a good opportunity to see new language in context and also to practise noticing language patterns. Students select which new language is useful for them. This helps them to become more independent learners.  Students also discuss what they are reading with each other and make recommendations to each other about what to read, which gives them a good opportunity to speak in English about something that interests them.

This week our B1 class selected useful language from their books to teach each other. When they find new words, we encourage our students to write down the whole sentence, rather than just the individual word. This will help them know how to use the word in a sentence in the future, for example by noting collocations and the use of prepositions with certain words. Here are some of their ideas:

Name of the book

The Queen

Some information about the book

The Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace in London and spends holidays with her family in Balmoral, Scotland.

Useful language in context

  • The Queen would not want this tradition broken.
  • Charles wanted to go to Paris immediately.
  • It seemed that the couple were in love.

 

Name of the book

Don’t Tell Me What To Do – Michael Hardcastle

Some information about the book

This is a mystery novel about a narcissistic man called Tom. Tom left home because his parents wanted him to work in an office, but he preferred to ride horses. He meets 2 people on a journey and decides to work with them.

Useful language in context

  • She was spying on me
  • A scuba suit is a special rubber suit for diving
  • You carry the air on your back in a cylinder
  •  I had to think of myself.I was pleased to hear this.
  • We both swam up to the surface.

 

Name of the book

The United States of America – Coleen Degnan-Veness

Some information about the book

This book is about the history of the U.S.A.

Useful language in context

  • Dutch people began to settle on the new continent.
  • …because they wanted religious freedom.
  • The colonists began to prepare for war against England.

 

Name of the book

Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Some information about the book

This book is about people who work on farms.

Useful language in context

  • I’m too independent
  • .…but there was a large pile of hay on the top
  • I didn’t expect you to come here

 

Name of the book

White Fang – Jack London

Some information about the book

This book is about the life of a wolf.

Useful language in context

  • White Fang saw something like mist.
  • One day White Fang has his first taste of revenge.
  • He was in debt to three eagles.
  • He got a reputation for being clever.