How to Achieve Fluency for Reading Comprehension
Instant word readers are fluent readers – a phase where students can focus on the meaning of the words followed by the text to comprehend and do not have to invest their attention in decoding (sounding out and connecting) the words.
Learning the sounds and connecting the sounds correctly from one-syllable words and reading these words instantly is the first step to achieving fluency skills and once this phase is accomplished the two-syllable words will follow then three -syllable words and more.
Along with learning how to read words, learning how to spell should follow. It means once the students know how to read the words: cab, shock, from, spread, and etc., with strategies and rules of the language, the students should be able to spell these words as well, followed by two-syllable then three syllable words and more longer words to spell.
Of course, there is no magic bullet to reach one-syllable word fluency in reading and spelling, because it depends on many factors such as the severity of the students’ language problem and how often he sees the reading specialist.
The same as with our students who cannot read and spell before our dyslexia treatment, some of them have reached the grade one level in reading and spelling within just 15 sessions while the others need more sessions but remember at schools the students learn the one-syllable words from kindergarten to grade one, and even until grade two!
What to do then?
The teacher must assess to find the root cause of the problems. For example, if the students have difficulty reading the three-syllable words, the instructor must revisit the two-syllable words and if the students have problems with two syllable words, she must instruct again the one-syllable words the same as if the students have problems reading the one-syllable words, she needs to teach the sounds and how to connect the sounds correctly; remember the sounds of the language are the foundation for learning to read, write, spell and comprehend.
to be continued...