Reading is Best Taught Using a Combination of Three Methods:
- Auditory training – training for the ears to prepare the child’s brain for phonics.
- Phonics – knowledge of letter(s) sounds.
- Whole Language – immediate application of phonics into connected sentences and stories.
It’s clear from research that using one of these methods will help only a few children. In fact, using two out of three methods will still leave numerous children illiterate. However, when auditory training, phonics and whole language are merged, literacy rates increase significantly.
Learning How to Read Begins in Children’s Ears.
Most people think children learn how to read through their eyes. But reading is actually learned through the ears. Parents lay a foundation for success in reading by talking to a child, reading books to him, and playing auditory games such as rhyming. The more books you read, the bigger his vocabulary becomes. A bigger vocabulary allows him to recognize lots of words while he reads.
Steps to Teach Your Child to Read:
- Teaching alphabet sounds to help your child improve auditory skills.
- Encourage and motivate your child to put sounds together.
- Teach your child how to rhyme.
- Teach your child to sound out new words.
- Encourage your child to memorize words as whole units.
The Normal Sequence For Children Learning How to Read:
- From birth to age three, children listen to lots of words spoken and learn how to talk.
- Children, aged three to four years old have growing vocabularies, and they learn how to rhyme.
- In first grade children are taught how to blend letter sounds together to “sound out” words and memorize sight words. They begin reading simple sentences.
- Second and third graders learn how to read “chapter” books and read fluently with comprehension.
Students who fail at reading in English are unlikely to do well in English exams at school, so all ESL/EFL teachers in primary schools place much emphasis on developing the reading skills of their learners.
ESL/EFL teachers in primary schools are constantly searching for effective techniques that can help them produce effective results related to getting their students to read in English as quickly as possible, that’s why I’ve decided to create a practical guide with sample activities to help both teachers and parents to teach children beginning reading so that they can read in English easily and quickly.
“Teaching Beginning Reading” eBook tackles the following main ideas:
- What is reading?
- The main approaches to teaching beginning reading.
- The stages of teaching beginning reading.
- Sample activities for beginning reading.
- Some important guidelines for EFL teachers to follow before beginning to teach reading in English.
I wrote this eBook to exchange my experience with the teachers on the techniques they should use in the classroom, the guidelines they should follow and the reading tasks that can get most children to read in ESL/EFL classes with ease and in a fairly short time.
To spread benefit, I offer this eBook for the lowest price and moreover, if you buy it, you will get another eBook on “Teaching Grammar in the Classroom to ESL/EFL Learners” as a bonus from elttguide.com.