Still the biggest concern for many on initial teacher training courses is the acquisition of subject knowledge and the ability to translate that into effective teaching. This book addresses this - building on the core subject knowledge covered in the Achieving QTS series and relating it to classroom practice. It supports trainees in extending and deepening their knowledge of English and demonstrating how to apply it to planning and implementing lessons. Practical and up-to-date teaching examples are used to clearly contextualize subject knowledge. A clear focus on classroom practice helps trainees to build confidence and develop their own teaching strategies.

Looking Closely at Reading Comprehension

Looking Closely at Reading Comprehension

Looking closely at reading comprehension

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should have developed your understanding of:

  • the nature of reading comprehension;
  • the importance of background knowledge in the comprehension process.

Professional Standards for QTS



Any examination of the skills of effective reading would place a high priority on the abilities of readers to understand the texts they are reading. Without understanding, or comprehension as it is usually known, readers cannot respond to, analyse, or evaluate a text. Research (see, for example, Pressley, 2001) tells us that comprehending texts is not quite as straightforward as it sometimes appears and many readers, at all ages, have problems with it.

The Problems of Comprehension

To assess the problem of what to teach when teaching comprehension, we must ...

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