The lifelong acquisition of reading skills is complex. Teachers need to understand the integrated language system: oral language (listening and speaking), reading and writing. Designed for teachers, the aim of this course is to learn about the psychological processes involved when we read. Theoretical approaches to language acquisition will be examined. Teaching strategies using multi-modal approaches supporting the development of reading skills will be introduced for various age and educational levels. Issues such as bilingualism, English language learning and cultural differences will be addressed. Reading disabilities affect many learners and impact all subject areas; consequently, knowing how language is acquired will enable teachers to understand the nature of reading disabilities and to learn strategies to meet the need of all students in an integrated classroom setting.