Just Imagine

An Ear for Reading






An Ear for Reading is Just Imagine’s programme for developing reading fluency. Proficient readers need to be fluent, as well as accurate, with their reading. A reader who decodes accurately but has not developed fluency is more likely to experience problems in comprehending a text, as their attention is focussed on lifting the words from the page. Fluent readers, read at a good pace and with expression. We have devised resources and workshops centred on four approaches to developing reading fluency in the context of regular teaching: reading aloud, reading and poetry, readers’ theatre and reading nonfiction.

Areas of focus

  • Why reading fluency is important to overall literacy
  • A brief overview of approaches to reading fluency and consideration of their merits and weaknesses
  • Presentation of four practical strategies for creating fluent readers
  • Reading aloud — ways to do it well. This is probably one of the most important things that teachers can do to help build an ‘ear for reading’, and yet it doesn’t
    come naturally to everyone. Fortunately, there are some simple, practical steps we can take to develop skills and confidence in reading aloud well. No acting required! We also look at how we build children’s skills in reading aloud and support their developing fluency across a range of texts.
  • Readers’ Theatre — We look at the best ways of working with this established strategy, focussing on integrated approaches which allow for the development of comprehension and vocabulary as well as fluency.
  • The place of poetry — poetry allows us to explore the aural qualities of language in playful ways, tuning the ‘ear for reading.’
  • Becoming fluent with nonfiction. Nonfiction is often neglected when it comes to reading aloud or performance. We share the approaches that we have devised for developing fluency with nonfiction texts.
  • This participative workshop approach involves teachers learning practical tools and techniques. Comfortable clothing is advised.

Key Stage suitability

Can be tailored to cover any or all Key Stages from KS1 to UKS2

Course length

A one-day course. This training can be delivered as a series of workshop sessions.


A dedicated website has supporting materials for in school follow-up