The government of Malawi, through the MoEST, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development (DFID) is implementing a National Reading Program (NRP). This reading program aims at improving early grade learners’ literacy skills. Central to achieving this goal is building teachers’ capacity to teach foundational reading skills that are key for successful reading and comprehension abilities
needed for learning content across the curriculum. The NRP introduces teachers to effective reading instruction through the five essential components of Phonological Awareness, alphabetic principle, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. In addition, the NRP also includes oral language, development and writing as part of the reading instruction.
This training manual contains:
• A daily schedule, including training objectives, content of the day’s training, and reference materials.
• Specific activities to go through with participants to help them understand the National Reading Programme strategies.
• Opportunities to determine whether participants grasped the day’s learning through debriefing and exit slips.
• A sample of an exit slip.