About felixvargas

EFL teacher. My research is on: reading comprehension, professional competences. I like novels, poetry. ICT and Education.

Why is Phonics Crucial to Learning How to Read?

Itchy's Alphabet

The answer?  Simple.  Because every little building block to reading is crucial to become a competent and proficient reader.

There are plenty of phonics programs that a parent can choose from and use with their child.  But why are parents searching for phonics?  Why is it important for a child to be able to know these things?

There are many important reading techniques one must achieve in order to become an efficient reader.  For example, one must be able to comprehend what they are reading.  Many times while helping a child read, a parent may be perfectly satisfied with the fact that a child can pronounce all the words and can recite them beautifully.  But do parents know that their child comprehends what they read?  All too often children are being considered “readers” but they are not retaining what they have read.  This will cause long term issues that will…

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The SAT Practice Test

Free SAT Test

A practice test is the ultimate way to tell if you are ready for the SAT. Also, nothing can serve as a better estimate of your score than a test well-taken. Like a long run before a marathon, it is a necessary step to see if you have what it takes to make it to the finish line. Of course, it is not as easy as picking up a test and a pencil, the more prepared you are, and the more you treat it like a real test, the better the test will serve as both an evaluation and good practice.

Give yourself time before the SAT to take the practice test. That way, you will have more time to work on the problem areas you find. The practice test will not be that helpful a week before the test; there simply is not enough time to practice. I would…

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Reading Comprehension Woes? Teach Prediction Skills and Purpose Setting

The Eclectic Reading Teacher

Many times I’ve had teachers say “Oh Jordan reads perfectly, but he doesn’t understand a darn thing he has read! I’m so frustrated. What should I do?” What they mean is that Jordan’s fluency and decoding skills are fine, but YET he still doesn’t comprehend what he has read. This is not an uncommon problem with dyslexic and non dyslexic readers. They simply are not processing what they are reading.

The main reason why many students are lost in the web of words is that they are not reading for a PURPOSE. As a matter of fact, they don’t understand why they are sitting there, why they are learning about rocks, and why it isn’t time for lunch. Teaching students to learn concepts and read material without a strong purpose behind it lacks authenticity, and so students respond by zoning out. Dyslexic students really zone out and pray for the torture to end.

When teaching dyslexic students and struggling…

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