Hayley McDermott

It’s all about the context

A recently-read article contains the following quote: ‘Without a strong background in basic skills like decoding and vocabulary-building, reading comprehension is impossible’. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/comprehension-instruction-what-works Resources for teaching comprehension skills are plentiful and teachers have lots of choice in hard copy and online. The problem is the time needed to locate them and the fact that the text usually …

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Teaching comprehension skills

It is a sad indictment of education that even the Macquarie dictionary defines comprehension as: ‘a formal exercise in reading and understanding, usually tested with a series of short questions’. Granted, comprehension is sometimes assessed this way in schools, but surely comprehension in the true sense of the word is a cognitive process and involves the capacity …

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