Monday, February 19, 2007

What about an integrated approach?

Does an integrated approach work best for teaching reading? Can we combine basic reading skills and comprehension skills in our classroom.

Focus has to be individual- a part of the whole, but explore separately.
Second language learners- Read for comprehension and explore vocabulary and grammar knowledge
Native English speakers- Look for issues of comprehension due to lack of focus. Discuss main ideas in paragraphs. How to build vocabulary.
Higher levels- When reading fiction: explore the writers strategies or styles.

Focus on letters/meaning/vocabulary can produce results to improve confidence and encourage further reading.

Combine functional reading (what a student does to get by in the everyday) with skills based instruction.

This seems to be the hardest to write about. Anything we left out?

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