Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2014

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At the beginning of the new year we all like looking back at the year gone by and thinking about the best moments. Click through our Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2014 to reflect, and get inspired for 2015.

1 Themes in Young Readers Part 1: Daily Life, Magic and Mythology

January 24th: “When we enter the world of books for young learners of English, we find ourselves in an exciting universe. The world of Helbling Young Readers is a colourful and lively place with lots of emotions, humour, cultural resources and important social and environmental topics to discuss. They are also the solution for an important issue teachers have to deal with: the language of stories young learners read. What we might consider a successful and beloved story in our students’ first language can turn out to be challenging in translation. This is why original or adapted stories written specifically for young English learners are the key to a successful reading program with young learners.”

2 6 Strategies for Reading with Young Learners

January 17th: “Young learners love stories, and reading with young learners typically involves including a wide range of activities along with the reading itself. We read the images, read the text aloud, retell the story with our own words, and carry out a series of playful activities based on the text. However, a beautiful picture book isn’t enough,  language teachers need extra materials to support their reading programmes and make them successful.”

3 10 Stories of Love

February 13th: “What can we learn about the nature of love from books, especially from old classics? Love really is everywhere, and love in fiction isn’t just romantic love for girls only. All cultures have created beautiful and heartbreaking stories either to talk about the happiness and the mysteries of love, or to relieve our pain and suffering, trying to find answers to why and how we love.”

4 Reading Images: Illustration-based language practice

March 25th: “Illustrations in readers are excellent resources for a language teacher. Not only do they support reading comprehension by providing another layer of visual literacy and context, but they also offer great opportunities for vocabulary, grammar, speaking and writing practice. If you approach illustrations with concrete objectives and well-planned activities, you can also help your students improve their critical and creative thinking skills.”

5 Love Your Pet Day – A Lesson Plan for Animal Lovers

February 20th: “February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. It is an excellent chance to talk about pets and animals with your classes. A lesson dedicated to our furry (or not so furry) friends will keep your students interested and will inspire them to read books about animals. The best thing about these activities is that students always feel enthusiastic about animals so you can have a pet lesson on any day of the year!”

‘Unbinding the Book’ Project

September 16th: “How many ways can you think of to tell a story? How many ways can you think of to represent a narrative in book form? Can you think of ways of creating a book that is different from the usual forms we already know (print and digital books)? ”

7 Back to school: 10 Ideas to Promote Reading

August 28th: “If you write a list of objectives for this school term, I’m sure ‘reading’ is on your list. Getting your students to read more in English is one of the greatest successes you can achieve. We are all aware of the benefits of Extensive Reading and the power of stories (revisit our blog posts for a reminder), how different language skills can be developed through reading (writingspeakinglistening), and how reading for pleasure can help your students build their vocabulary.”

8 Read to Speak: Improving Reading Skills in the Reading Class

January 28th: “This week we will connect reading with another fundamental language skill: speaking. We write stories, we read stories, we listen to stories, and then we tell stories. It seems clear that the more stories we read, the more discussion ideas, opinions and vocabulary we will have.”

9 Behind the Scenes 1: Adapting Stories

March 13th: “Have you ever wondered how graded readers are put together? Who writes them? What is it like to adapt stories? Maybe you’ve thought of adapting or writing your own reader and are wondering how to start. Today we will take a peek behind the scenes and learn about how our graded readers are born.”

10 Read to Write: Improving Writing Skills Using Graded Readers

February 18th: “Do you ever read with a pen or pencil in your hand? Only newspapers or factual texts but not fiction? Do you underline expressions you like, circle words and phrases that sound interesting? Do you write comments on the margin? Does poetry make you want to write your own rhymes? Do you respond to ideas, comment on actions, or question the plot? Would you like to enter a dialogue in a novel? Would you want to rewrite the ending of a story or write a story from your own perspective? Have you ever kept a reading journal? Have you ever considered correspondence with a fictional hero?”

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