Backwards reading exercise

Today is ‘backwards day’, which reminds me of an English teaching activity that I love to use….. backwards reading exercises.

You might be thinking ‘what value can you get from reading something backwards?’ Great question! 

The value comes when you expose teachers to how difficult it is to read and understand something when you are trying to work out what the word is. Although it seems a little simplistic, learners who are not secure in their reading and interpretation skills really struggle to make sense of texts, even simple ones. Which will then make it difficult for them to determine things like opinion and bias, look for language features and interpret inferred meanings, skills that are required at higher levels of Functional English.

Understanding the challenges some learners face, on a basic level, can really help to make the point about learners needing to be confident with basic reading skills before they can progress to higher levels.

If you have never tried to read something backwards, you can download one of the texts I love to use here, and let me know your thoughts.

Christine Edwards QTLS

Creating Excellence


Try This Backwards Reading Test 

dilos dna suorbif neewteb esoohc ot uoy swolla esruoc level decnavda sihT

eth fo noitacilppa dna noitallatsni eht ni slliks poleved lliw ouY .gniretsalp

ytefas and htlaeh lla ot gnimrofnoc tslihw, dohtem gniretsalp tnaveler


.esruoc siht fo trap yek a era TCI dna shtam ,hsilgnE ni slliks lanoitcnuF

tes yllanretxe na dna krowesruoc ,krow lacitcarp no desab si tnemssessA

2 level eht deen uoy :stnemeriuqer yrtnE .noitanimaxe esruoc-of-dne

.ecneirepxe krow tnaveler s’raey eerht tsael ta ro gniretsalP ni amolpiD

edarg a tsael ta dna shtam ro hsilngE ni C – A* edarg a deen olsa lliw uoY

.weivretni na dna ,rehto eht ni D

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