Thursday, January 6, 2011

School Help: A Teacher and Tutor Guide to Help the Older Student with Limited Word Reading Fluency/NEW!

Here are the table of contents and some background information from my book School Help: A Teacher and Tutor Guide to Help the Older Student with Limited Word Reading Fluency.


Cue System One: Phonological Knowledge

Cue System Two: Decoding

Cue System Three: Sight Vocabulary

Cue System Four: Morphological Knowledge

Cue System Five: Pattern Recognition

Cue System Six: Finding Smaller Words

Cue System Seven: Structural Analysis

Cue System Eight: Semantic Knowledge

Cue System Nine: Syntactic Analysis

Concluding Comments

About the Author

Older students with limited word pronunciation, or limited reading decoding, lack knowledge in strategy using, revealing little or no understanding that different words require different word attack strategies. When they try to strategize, these children are inflexible in the decoding strategy they use, on most occasions, using the same reading decoding strategy for all kinds of words (e.g. a letter-sound strategy or phonics). In addition, even when the student understands that there are different decoding strategies, he or she lacks understanding of when to use a particular strategy. To overcome a word-reading problem in an older student, teachers and tutors need to teach explicitly strategy using or cue systems. It is not enough to train the struggling reader in a letter-sound strategy, because older students will find in their readings many longer words with weak sound-symbol matching. Teachers and tutors need to prepare the student in word identification strategies that include all of the cue systems available to readers to be able to identify longer words fast and to pronounce longer words fluently, that is, without hesitation. In other words, an effective word reading remediation program must include training in the entire cue systems that follow.
This book is now available on Amazon.

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