Sue Leather has been writing ELT Graded Readers for well over 20 years and in this engaging and informative module she shares her experience for others to learn from.
Sue starts with an overview of the Graded Readers market which helps the reader of this module to think about who the target audience is. She then moves on to look at the preparation and research that goes into writing a Graded Reader, including tips for approaching publishers with your work.
In the section entitled ‘The Skills of Writing’ Sue unpacks the skills required for crafting both an original Graded Reader and an adaptation of a classic, constantly reminding the reader to keep a balance between a good engaging story and an appropriate level of language input. She also includes a section on the drafting and editing stages which are so key to working with a publisher.
Punctuated with tasks (with full commentaries) to get the reader thinking about the Graded Reader genre, this is a practical guide to writing for an interesting, and growing, sector of the English Language Teaching materials market. Sue’s enthusiasm for the genre is inspiring.
This module forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The training modules are designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.