Tips for Teaching Reading

Low Beginnning

Focus on getting students to recognize simple words and phrases in written English

Types of Materials: Texts with pictures, heavily contextualized information

High Beginning

Focus on straightforward, easy-to-follow texts here little inference is required

Types of Materials: Simplified readings, remedial texts

Low Intermediate

Focus on extracting main ideas and finding specific information in learner-oriented texts

Types of Materials: Articles and books designed especially for non-native readers

High Intermediate

Focus on drawing conclusions, making inferences and outlining ideas in a variety of texts

Types of Materials: Items of general interest in a variety of formats


Focus on understanding of author's intent, including tone, irony and nuance

Types of materials: Literature and highly-specialized texts