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Get your professional development certified with iTDi

Participants opting for additional mentoring for the Certificate of Distinction will receive 1-1 career mentoring from Kate and Malu via skype or similar. This option is especially suitable for teachers who are serious about setting up an extensive reading program in their schools. The number of slots available for this level will be limited to 10.

US$159


Participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to spend about 20 hours on class work. This includes attending all four live sessions (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned tasks. Participants will be expected to prepare and submit an action plan for their own ER program OR choose an alternative idea.

US$99


Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to spend about 20 hours on class work. This includes attending all four live sessions (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned tasks.

US$69




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iTDi Advanced Course

The Power and Joy of Extensive Reading with Kate Cory-Wright & Malu Sciamarelli

Get iTDi certified in extensive reading this April.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if more students read books?

Would you like to:

  • learn how to motivate your students to read extensively?
  • explore the steps you need to set up and run an ER program, and a library?
  • discover more ways to train students in reading techniques?
  • have an opportunity to write and publish a book of tips for other teachers?

If so, this course is for you! Teachers with little or no experience in ER are welcome!

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in April.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • April   2nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • April   9th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • No lesson on Easter Sunday April 16th
  • April 23rd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • April 30th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT



Certificate of Distinction

US $159 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation, and Private Mentoring

Certificate of Accomplishment

US $99 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation

Certificate of Completion

US $69 - Course, Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

With Kate Cory-Wright and Malu Sciamarelli, you'll

  • explore the goals and benefits of Extensive Reading
  • learn how to plan for, set up, and run a successful ER program
  • learn how to manage an ER library
  • explore issues related to evaluation and activities
  • learn techniques that will motivate reluctant readers

This course includes a workshop component in which participants will learn about the steps involved in setting up an ER program, through theory and practice. By the end of the course, successful participants will have the skills needed to run their own extensive Reading programs and libraries, and will be ready to take their work even further.

Week 1: Characteristics of Extensive Reading
What is and isn’t Extensive Reading (ER)? We’ll look at the characteristics of extensive vs. intensive reading, and how reading affects language development. We’ll explore the goals of an ER program and how we’ll work toward these goals in coming weeks.

Week 2: Getting Started on an Extensive Reading Program
This week we’ll look at materials and motivation. What kind of materials are available, and how do you choose the right ones for your students? We’ll look at the different ways you can structure reading programs in and outside of class, how to motivate your students at different stages of their reading journey, and how to work with mixed ability groups.

Week 3: Maintaining a Successful Extensive Reading Program
This week we’ll look at the vicious and virtuous circle with regards to reading speed, comprehension, quantity and enjoyment. We’ll explore the role of activities and evaluation, as well as the role of the teacher in an ER program. We’ll also talk about how we can help train teachers to help run successful ER programs, and how to help our students develop stronger reading skills.

Week 4 Setting Up and Running a Library
This week we’ll look at the practical concerns involved with setting up an ER library, how to make the most of your book buying budget, the curricular decisions you’ll face, and how to organize materials. We’ll share ideas for ways to keep students coming back to your library and enjoying it.



Kate and Malu are ELT professionals, enthusiasts of extensive reading, and book lovers.

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate Cory-Wright is a prize-winning author, teacher trainer, and freelance ELT Consultant, based in Ecuador. She has published more than 25 ELT books, ranging from primary to adult, with a focus on CLIL, technology, extensive reading, and Life Skills in recent years. For the past 25 years, Kate has delivered over 500 academic seminars, workshops and short courses on a wide range of professional ELT topics, in a total of 27 countries (Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia). On weekends she runs voluntary classes for disadvantaged children, including an extensive reading program.

Malu Sciamarelli

Malu Sciamarelli has been working in ELT for over 23 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and conference presenter. She has published articles in several ELT Journals, and her latest publication is a chapter in the British Council book ‘Creativity in the English Language Classroom' (2015) and another one in 'Integrating Global Issues in the Creative English Language Classroom: with reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals' (due out in April 2017). Her main interests are Literature, Extensive Reading, Creative Writing, and Creativity in the English Language Classroom.