The reason that we read affects how we read so for example if we are following instructions we will read differently than if we are reading to find out information.

There are a number of skills involved in reading for example predicting, skimming, scanning and recognising links. We need to work with our students to analyse what these skills are and also to show them how they can get better at these skills. We also need to ask comprehension questions and conduct activities that will practise these specific skills.

Part 1 shows some examples of activities that practise a range of reading skills.

Part 2 focuses on tips from teachers and highlights some more example activities.


Download the session notes below the videos. The notes contain discussion, video-viewing and reflection tasks. Follow the tasks by going through the video 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: Reading skills advice

Part 2: Teaching reading skills

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    The video can be watched from the website directly, but is not available for download I'm afraid.


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    Submitted by alirezasabz1365 on Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:03

    Hello The first part is not downloadable. plz fix the problem

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:37

    In reply to by alirezasabz1365

    Hello, If you want to watch Part 1, you can click on the image above and the video should start playing on the page. It is working fine here. The video cannot be downloaded, unfortunately. Hope that helps, Cath TE Team

    Submitted by adamevans on Sun, 01/07/2018 - 10:08

    A very clear and useful reminder. Thank you.

    Submitted by NoeSanchez on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 22:29

    Could I use this activity in my English class? :) Thank you!

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:18

    In reply to by NoeSanchez

    Hi Noe Thanks for your question - yes, all the materials on the site are free for teachers to use in class - Hope your students enjoy the them! Best wishes, Cath TE Team

    Submitted by abgh8156 on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:57

    Hi Thanks for your response. I need to download the videos because my connection speed is so low and I can't access them online. All the videos are downloadable. I can download the first part successfully but I can't download the second part. Unfortunately part 2 has not any link for downloading like other videos. Thanks.

    Submitted by Bella Wilfer on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 08:24

    Interesting tips and tecniques ! THANK YOU

    Submitted by abgh8156 on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 07:43

    Hi I can't access the video of this lesson. Would you please check it. Abolfazl

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:50

    In reply to by abgh8156

    Hello Thanks for letting us know - we have had a technical issue with the site this week, but the video is working now - please let us know if you are still having problems. Thanks, Cath

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:50

    In reply to by KTatiana

    Hello KTatiana Thanks for your comment. We have had a technical issue on the site which is being worked on. The video and notes are working again now - please try again and let us know if you are still having problems. Best wishes, Cath

    Submitted by KTatiana on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 15:19

    Where can I find a worksheet of this unit to download? I need it very much.

    Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 16:13

    In reply to by KTatiana

    Hi You can download the notes at the bottom of the page underneath the video. We have had some technical issues with the site this week, and some of the links have broken, but this one is working now. Please try again and let us know if you have any problems. Thanks, Cath

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