This short course presents the case for developing reading fluency based on up-to-date research and outlines a set of core principles for developing fluent and expressive readers in the context of reading and English lessons. Fluency is not an aspect of reading that is achieved in the transition from KS1 to KS2. Readers of all ages and levels of attainment may at some point find their fluency challenged. This course therefore, considers the needs of pupils of different ages and levels of attainment. 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, focusing 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. Come dressed for comfort and enjoyment.