Look inside Innova ELT Readers
Do you want to actually teach young learners to read? Based on the latest research into early reading,
the Innova Press Reading Bookshelf is designed specifically for children whose first language is not English.
Introduction to teaching English to young learners
The key point about these readers is that they are engaging and fun! The loveable characters do and say funny, clever and silly things. The fun is lost if a child is put
under pressure to answer comprehension questions, or forced to produce full sentences, rather than just reacting to prompts from the teacher or parent. The task is always reading.
The stories are accompanied online by full audio recordings. Audio-assisted reading helps a child make a connection between sounds and spellings and reinforces recognition of individual words.
The audio recordings are dramatized and bring the stories to life. With sound effects and personification of characters, they contribute to the element of fun.
Any spoken production, e.g., repetition by the child, is only to enable the teacher or parent to check that reading has happened accurately.
At any point, be prepared to translate, because, at no point, should the child feel lost and ashamed at not being able to understand.
The syllabus of reading skills is related to the Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Young Learners at A1 and the beginning of A2 – see Appendix 4: CEFR Can Do statements for Young Learners in Reading.
Innova Graded Readers are unusual, perhaps unique, in that they aim to actually teach the skills of reading to young learner beginners, and not simply to give them practice in reading, like the vast majority of readers on the global market. In this sense, they are not just story books with practice of random language items.