Unit 1: Getting your learners reading and writing

Welcome to the Teaching English Reading and Writing Video Training series! Here we are going to explore different ways of developing reading and writing skills.

We’ll visit classrooms from around the world and observe how teachers everywhere work with learners of all ages to develop the skills of reading and writing.

In this, the first video of the series, you’ll meet our consultant, Marianne Tudor-Craig. Marianne brings a wealth of international experience in English language teacher training to the series. She has developed a step-by-step training guide to support primary, secondary and tertiary sector teachers through some fundamental principles of teaching reading and writing. She will guide you through each video module, showing you effective strategies and approaches, applicable in a wide range of English language teaching contexts.

Developing reading and writing skills presents challenges for teachers all over the world. So what are these challenges and how can they be resolved? In this introductory video, hear teachers and students from around the world explaining the issues they have experienced, and the approaches they have found to be effective. These techniques, and many more, will then be explored in the series to follow.


  • Download the session notes below. The notes contain discussion, video-viewing and reflection tasks.
  • Follow the tasks by going through the two videos in sequence.
  • The video and session notes are designed as self-study resources to be worked through together. Techniques are transferable to other classes in other contexts.

Video titles

Part 1: Challenges of teaching reading and writing skills

Part 2: Addressing the challenges


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    Submitted by inishouse on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:59


    This is a very relevant course for teachers in many contexts. Writing is a challenge for many students even in their first language. Students sometimes need practice simply thinking of and developing an argument or a chronology, what we might call the planning stages of writing. They then need practice with implementing those plans. Pupils could benefit from more inclass time directly dedicated to writing activities and perhaps less to grammar exercises. An advantage of dedicating more class time to this is that compositions provide a meaningful context for both vocabulary and grammar. I work in an extra/curricular context, and students frequently seem to have everything in their text book unit covered indepth at school, except the writing skills, which are left for home or simply directly for exam without much if any preparation.

    Submitted by ROSSKT on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:04


    thank you very much for this information, it´s really useful for us as teachers who want to be better each day and improve our teaching skills specially in these skills which are sometimes a little hard to develop in our students.

    Hi Fadidac I've just tried the videos and both parts 1 and 2 are working fine for me. Could you try another browser and see if that helps? Cheers Del

    Submitted by AmalGamalKamel on Sun, 09/11/2016 - 08:09


    Hi, I can't find the video and the download button isn't accessible. I can't do the activities given because the video isn't there. Any help please. Thanks

    Submitted by Derek Spafford on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 02:51


    Hi Amal Try clicking on the smaller boxes (part 1 and part 2). This will open up the video in the bigger box above them. Let me know if this helps. Cheers Del

    Submitted by nicemary24 on Sun, 01/21/2018 - 00:33


    Thank you for this valuable information and videos

    Submitted by ogretmen on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 14:42


    Yes, there is a lot to learn in this video but the video is not new and it does not satisfy the requirements of being contemporary as it is out of time a bit. It is still very much perfect though, to find such a site. But, in some videos the site has to renew itself. With the process of time, the requirements for learning and teaching changes. So, we have got to change, create or find the new techniques or methods as much as new materials. 

    Thanks for your feedback.  We do our best to keep all information on the site up to date, and regularly review our content. Obviously things change in teaching, but there are also a lot of strategies (particularly related to skills) that are always relevant, like many of the ideas for teaching reading and writing to groups here. Hope you find some of these ideas useful.

    Best wishes,

    TE Team

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