Event Summary



Date and Time

Tuesday 27 April 2021 (10.00 - 12.00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

Getting students to read in the classroom can be tough at the best of times; inspiring students to focus and concentrate on reading during lockdown is really tough.  How can we encourage reading for understanding as well as for pleasure when we are at a distance?

Microsoft's Immersive Reader (IR) can be a starting point to offer help to learners who find reading a barrier to their learning. Richard Buckley (English GCSE Lecturer, Nottingham College), will share his experience of how IR and its features are being used to help learners better understand texts and support their understanding of how writing is put together.

In addition, Kate Whyles (Library Supervisor, Nottingham College) will share a variety of online initiatives by library staff at the college to encourage reading, including a ‘Reading Room’ site which offers suggestions of books within specific genres which may interest students (for example, Graphic Novels) and videos of teachers reading extracts from ‘Things a Bright Girl Can Do.’

The session will also feature an input from Andrew Parfitt (ESOL and LEXIS Team Manager, Derby College Group) who will share a team approach to developing the language skills of ESOL students through the creation of life stories.  These individual stories were gathered together to produce a beautifully presented book, a project designed to promote inclusivity in addition to developing reading and writing skills.

This online session utilising Zoom will be of interest to all English and ESOL practitioners who are interested in varying and improving their strategies to develop students’ reading skills.  Facilitated by Dr Alison Scott (Skills and Education Group, Lead Professional Development Advisor) in the spirit of networking and collaboration there will be opportunities to ask questions of the speakers, and an opportunity to share your own successful strategies with colleagues attending the session.

  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.