From Speaking to Writing: Teaching Literacy with Young Learners Students learn to speak before learning to read and write. This foundation enables students to learn to write using language that is familiar, and allows them to learn to read by reading words that already have meaning to them. In this presentation, I’ll demonstrate writing and reading activities appropriate for pre-literate students, emergent readers and writers, and growing readers and writers. Participants will learn simple reading and writing activities to use with their own classes. Bio Barbara Sakamoto Barbara is a Program Director and author for iTDi’s English For Teachers course, and co-author of the best-selling young learners EFL series, Let’s Go (Oxford University Press). She has taught English, ESL, and EFL for more than 25 years, and has conducted teacher development workshops around the world. Her motto is “Always try new things,” so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, you’ll often find Barbara online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you’d like to explore with her, you can usually find Barbara on her award-winning blog, Teaching Village.