Helping your child with reading

Ref: C3528846

Would you like to feel more confident to help your child to read in English? Would you like to feel more confident with phonics? Do you want to improve your own English at the same time? This 10 week course will cover story telling, introducing a new book, practising phonics and word attack skills and lots more. The class will be friendly and relaxed and we will also focus on improving your reading and speaking.

Course aim

To build confidence and skills in helping your child to read in English, whilst improving your own English skills at the same time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for parents (or potential parents) and carers who have at least the basics of reading and who are not confident with current reading techniques used in schools.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Read a children's book aloud in English using expression and techniques for engaging the child in the story.
  • use phonics to blend and segment words and guide a child to do so.
  • use knowledge of word attack skills to support a child to read aloud.
  • extend the learning opportunities from a children's book using other creative activities.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and a notebook

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

Helping your child with reading Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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