March 24, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Visual Storytelling with Helbling Young Readers

Recently I had an interesting discussion about choosing teaching materials for young learners. We were browsing materials for primary school learners, and what struck us was that the most useful and successful language resources contained very little written verbal language. … Continue reading

January 23, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Literary Meals Part 2: Cooking up a reading class

Last week we looked at examples of famous meals in four classic novels with some activity tips: A Christmas Carol, Little Women, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables – Anne Arrives. Let’s explore four more classics today, this … Continue reading

October 17, 2013
by Nora Nagy
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Vocabulary Development with Graded Readers

We have learnt that the secret of vocabulary growth is continuous practice and contextualisation, consolidation and constant recycling of words learnt . When you write or read a story, you both consciously and incidentally practise new language by making connections, and imagining … Continue reading

July 25, 2013
by Nora Nagy
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Using graphic stories

Graphic stories have never been more popular and relevant than now. Visual and textual narration support each other in graphic stories  and make them  one of the most engaging educational tools in reading classrooms. What are graphic stories and what … Continue reading

July 16, 2013
by Nora Nagy
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Using the illustrations in graded readers – practical ideas and activities

• For exam preparation: PET and FCE; TOEFL and IELTS Speaking and Writing parts • To improve critical thinking and comprehension skills • To improve storytelling techniques (written and oral) • For vocabulary development • To trigger cross-curricular projects (Art, … Continue reading