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Reading Comprehension (Spring 2024)

Delivered by Nikki Gamble


Most teachers know something about comprehension. This course aims to build on that knowledge, exploring in depth the role that inference plays in reading. Through exemplification, we distinguish between inferences needed to make the text coherent and those that elaborate on the information provided. We look closely at the role of cognitively challenging talk and how different modes of teaching and learning support deeper reading. We will look at practical strategies and tools, thinking about why and when to apply them and consider the danger of such tools becoming merely ‘activities’ if the why and when are not part of the planning. We will also look at text selection for progression and share many examples from our practice.

The course comprises three live online sessions and five recorded.

Live sessions are participative and are not recorded for confidentiality purposes.

Dates for the next cohort  are:




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