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Inference Training

A reading comprehension intervention for pupils who have age appropriate decoding skills but who are experiencing difficulty acquiring full meaning and enjoyment from their reading.

Outline

During an Inference session, an adult models strategies that good comprehends use, to understand and enjoy text.

Through interactive discussion pupils:

  • Activate and apply prior knowledge to their reading and use title cues to predict
  • Identify key words and elaborate on them to enhance meaning
  • Generate their own questions and answer them
  • Generate inferences and integrate meaning as they are reading to build a gist
  • Summarise a short text extract using quick pictures, picto-words and a 10 word-or-less headline
  • Retell an extract to emphasise the gist

The inference training manual include 50 short text extracts for KS2 and KS3 pupils with support notes for adults.

Extracts have been carefully chosen to contain comprehension rich opportunities for groups to discuss.

Description

Inference Training demonstrates a wide range of strategies to help boost reading comprehension.

Teachers can also use the strategies in guided reading or in English work in Secondary schools.

Most schools use inference training with groups of 4-5 pupils delivered by teaching assistants or teachers, usually two sessions of 40 minutes a week for eight to ten weeks.

Training manual included.

Programme

Day 1: 14/05/2020 | 09:00 - 12:00

Title: Inference Training
Venue: TWS Training Room City Hall College Green Bristol BS1 5TR
Trainer: Debbie Miles, Reading Recovery Teacher

Day 2: 21/05/2020 | 09:00 - 12:00

Title: Inference Training
Venue: TWS Training Room City Hall College Green Bristol BS1 5TR
Trainer: Debbie Miles, Reading Recovery Teacher

Outcomes

Inference training featured in both the 2007 and 2013 editions of Professor Greg Brook’s study “What Works for children and young people with literacy difficulties”.

Both editions identified inference training as an intervention that offers significant gains for pupils with weak comprehension skills.

The latest pupil impact data from 326 pupils in KS2 and KS3 shows that during 14-20 inference training sessions, most pupils make 2 sub-levels progress in reading or an increase in reading comprehension of 12 months over 8-10 weeks.

Audience

KS2/KS3 English subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants.

14 May 2020 09:00 - 12:00

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Every Child a Reader (ECaR)
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Day 1: 14 May 2020 09:00 - 12:00
Inference Training
TWS Training Room City Hall College Green Bristol BS1 5TR
Trainer: Debbie Miles
Day 2: 21 May 2020 09:00 - 12:00
Inference Training
TWS Training Room City Hall College Green Bristol BS1 5TR
Trainer: Debbie Miles
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