Category: Reading

Why is English Difficult For Japanese Speakers: Problems and Solutions


Native Japanese speakers have difficulty in learning English due to a host of factors. Differences in Written forms from Alphabet to Kanji, A lack of exposure to the English, cultural importance on language learning, grammar structures and the fluid nature of English can all cause barriers to learning.

How To Make A Teaching Portfolio

How to make a teaching portfolio

A teaching portfolio is a ongoing story of a teachers skills and abilities, qualifications and observations, teaching philosophies, resources, recommendations, lesson plans and schemes of work . A teaching portfolio can be presented as a physical or digital resource.


difference between countable and uncountable nouns

The most effective way to distinguish between a countable or uncountable noun is to check if it can be used in plural forms.

At What Age Can You Start Teaching Guided Reading

As a general rule guided reading focusses more on reading level than age of students, however there are certain phonics and decoding skills that students require before being able to tackle a guided reading leveled book.

What are the Digraphs in English (And How To teach Them)

An English digraph consists of a pair of letters that placed together make a single sound or phoneme. In English there are both vowel and consonant digraphs.

When Is the Letter Y a Consonant? (and Other Tricky English Letters)

Y can be a consonant predominantly when it is found at the beginning or onset of a word or syllable. Words such as /yes/, /yellow/, /lawyer/ and /kayak/

How To Teach Order Of Adjectives ( with Teaching Resources)

Adjectives are one of the most enjoyable vocabulary items to teach to English learners, the sudden ability to add meaning and variety to their communications is a great motivator. While the introduction of these vocabulary / grammar words is both relatively easy, the order… Continue Reading “How To Teach Order Of Adjectives ( with Teaching Resources)”

Do Adverbs Always End in -ly?

The majority of adverbs do end in ”ly” but it is not a set rule. There is more to consider than just the ending spellings of words to determine what meaning to apportion to them

When Should Children Be Able to Read Silently?

At what age should children be able to read silently

Many readers begin to read with support around age five or six (grade 1 and grade 2). With a few years of practice, children will begin reading to themselves.

Does Tracing Improve Handwriting? (And Free Resources)

Handwriting can be practiced by tracing letters; however, tracing mazes and shapes are better suited to practice handwriting