Provides theory-grounded activities and advice for adapting them to different reading levels


Theory and Practice: Bite-Sized Activities for Teaching Reading Skills is an easily digestible guide that links key reading skills theory to practical activities that can be adapted for different classrooms. It dives into the physiological process of reading, the link between sounds and symbols, reading accomplishments at different levels, and the skills required for reading fluency. In addition, Theory and Practice discusses Color Vowel methodology and how it aids students in acquiring automaticity through pattern recognition and associating sound with color. Chapters contain activities for pre-reading, interactive reading, and post-reading as well as how to adapt these activities for different learning levels. Examples of real student work, images, vocabulary logs, and the annotations that accompany each activity demonstrate what teachers can expect for the outcome of each activity. Theory and Practice aims to provide practicing ESOL instructors, student teachers, and educators with the key theory and tools they need to help their classes boost L2 reading skills and cultural competency in English.

Aviva Katzenell is Academic Director of the Intensive English Institute at Florida Atlantic University. 

“Aviva Katzenell’s Theory and Practice is a practical yet well-researched resource for TESOL teachers who are passionate about advancing their students’ language skills through reading. Anchored in the guidelines provided by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the volume effectively combines the extensive expertise of the author as a seasoned multilingual English teacher with practical pre-reading, interactive, and post-reading activities ready to be implemented in any classroom.”

- Dr. Andrés Ramírez, Associate Professor in Education, Florida Atlantic University

“In Theory and Practice, author Aviva Katzenell takes readers gently by the hand and introduces them to simple and effective methods for teaching reading skills. Enhanced by her clear instructions and examples, these practical techniques and activities can be integrated into any learning environment, with any level of student, and will be of use to both novice and experienced teachers alike.”

- Gemma Archer, Programme Coordinator of English Language Teaching, University of Strathclyde