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Module 7: Supporting reading

Welcome to Module 7 of Working with English Language Learners.

In this module you will learn about ways to help and support learners who are at different stages of learning to read in English.


Learning byte

Watch this clip to see learners sequencing a strip text to order a science process. 

After you have viewed the video, have a shared discussion to reflect on:

  • the ‘connective’ words that helped learners to sequence the process
  • the value of prediction to support meaning focused reading
  • the value of having opportunities to practise, retell and re-read a meaningful sequence.


Students – This one goes there. It kind of explains Operation Nesting and the system to it, and then it starts the process.

Student – The words that helped put it in order were like “firstly” and it kind of connected a bit and like with “then” and “after”.

Students – “Then” will go first, and then it must be “after”. And after that “later”.

It must be, no, it can’t be “later” it must be “after” or something. After 90 days, nah, it can’t be that.

Student – It is put into a chilli bin and taken by a car to Hokitika and then, after 90 days the kiwi is heard and will crack a small hole in the shell.

No this one’s not it, no this one’s not it, this one’s after this. After 90 days the kiwi is heard.

Oh yeah!

And then after it hatches.

And this one is the title.

And we’re done.

Preparation for Module 8 >>

Module 8: Supporting writing

Think about how you support your learners with their writing. Think about the different purposes of writing and the audiences we write for.

Updated on: 03 May 2022