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Critical Reading

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About Course

Live tutor led group lessons
1.5 hour per week
Self-study time 
3-4 hour per week
Pass mark
60 %
Weekly sessions on Weekdays
5:30pm to 7pm (UK time)
Other times, including weekends, available depending on tutor availability.
 Karolina Blackman
   Pupils will be assigned homework to complete.

The course price includes personalised tutor support, including individual assignment marking and feedback in addition to the tutor-led lessons.

The Critical Reading course, which combines elements of media literacy and essential reading skills, is designed to equip learners with useful strategies to “dig deeper” – understand implicit meaning, spot bias and persuasion. From skimming and scanning to comparing texts and critically evaluating the language, spotting bias, using analytical skills and identifying the gist of a text to summarise it, the course covers a variety of approaches and techniques that can be used in and outside the classroom. Students will also learn how to use lateral reading to navigate online content and to respond to any written text with the confidence of an aware critical reader. 

The aim of the course is to gain advanced comprehension skills and learn how to use these tools every day to process and consciously consume the overwhelming abundance of true and false, neutral and manipulative information on media, social media, Internet and in advertisement. 

This course is also perfect as part of GCSE English Language exam preparation, covering reading skills required by all main examining boards to achieve grade 4 and above.

Who should enrol on this course?
This course will help students who want to:

  • Improve their general reading skills and comprehension.
  • Work with a variety of texts with confidence.
  • Successfully navigate through the overwhelming amount of written information in every day life.
  • Develop love for reading.
  • Prepare for GCSE English language and Functional Skills reading exams.

Ideal for pupils in: 

  • Key Stage 3 – Years 8 (high achievers) and 9
  • Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11  who want to achieve grades 4 and up in GCSE English
  • Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13 who are doing A-levels.
  • Functional Skills, especially at level 2.
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What Will You Learn?

  • Improve reading skills.
  • Become a critical reader of a variety of texts.
  • Use critical reading skills in every day life, study and work.

Course Content

Topic 1. What is critical reading

  • Diagnostic test 1
  • 1.1. Critical reading and basic reading skills
    00:00
  • 1.2 Inference and making predictions
    00:00
  • 1.3. Critical reading in practice and lateral reading
    00:00
  • Lesson 1.1 Quiz
  • You as a reader
  • Lesson 1.2 Quiz

Topic 2. Working with text to extract information and meaning

Topic 3. Interpreting and evaluatings texts as part of critical reading

Topic 4. Close reading and critical analysis of texts

Topic 5. Consolidate your reading practice

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