One of the most important elements of literacy education is having instructors/teachers who understand how to teach and develop reading and writing skills effectively. YLAI creates and provides books and materials for teachers, librarians and school managers, but success relies heavily on training, mentoring and monitoring. YLAI provides training on innovative reading methodologies, and provides special support in how to implement strong reading programs in early year classes. YLAI trains teachers in interactive reading instruction, shared reading, guided reading, paired reading and independent reading.
Therefore YLAI develops trainings dedicated to principals, teachers and librarians to ensure that they have the continuous professional development and skills they need to deliver the expected high quality work in literacy teaching. YLAI has developed special training and mentoring on literacy for elementary school teachers in Indonesia to ensure that they have continuous professional development and skills to foster a comprehensive reading culture in their schools.
YLAI provides training on Balanced Reading Program to guide students in the learning process of reading by using stories related to the lives of children, including Interactive Reading Training, Shared Reading Training, Guided Reading Training, Paired and Independent Reading Training.
The training in Shared Reading helps teachers model the reading process using Big Books for all students in the classroom. This program facilitates teachers with techniques to guide students through reading skills, focusing on comprehension, text construction, and semantic as well as visual cues derived from the text. Teachers will learn how to model effective strategies for reading through teaching the whole class using Big Books. Students will develop an understanding of text construction, enrich their vocabulary and develop deeper comprehension skills.
The training in Guided Reading Programs provides teachers with techniques to develop reading strategies in small groups, focusing specifically on comprehension, vocabulary and skill development. Teachers will learn to give reading instruction in small groups using leveled reading books. Students will learn the skills needed to develop independent reading skills. Teachers will also learn how to link reading and writing through follow-up activities and how to conduct reading assessments to determine the level of student reading.
The training in Interactive Reading Programs provides teachers with a methodology that requires teacher/student interaction when reading, communicating, delivering and receiving understanding from a book. Through the training on interactive reading programs, teachers will be trained how to read stories and develop interactive thinking with students. Through these programs, direct activities involving teachers and students encourage listening, oral participation, questions and answers, discussions, and role play to develop students’ language skills. Teachers will also learn how to monitor effective independent reading programs.