Verissimo Toste

Improving English with Graded Readers

In these uncertain times of remote learning, independent reading is a valuable resource teachers have to strengthen their students’ English. In this session, teachers will explore how to promote a love of reading through the use of graded readers. I will share simple, classroom-tested activities that are easy to do, take little extra time, and provide the basis for students to enjoy and share their reading experiences.


Veríssimo Toste is a teacher and international teacher trainer. He has a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Edinburgh.

He has been an EFL/ESL teacher and teacher trainer for over 35 years, teaching students from 3 to 93 years old in all levels. As a teacher trainer, he has worked in various countries around the world.

Veríssimo’s interests include using readers to learn English, and he is fascinated by how students learn naturally. Believing that being a teacher is the best job in the world, he enjoys talking to teachers about their experiences in the classroom.