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How to Teach Reading to Children or Adults

Teach ReadingHow to teach reading can be an enigma until you understand how learning to read works. In order to see results quickly, a simple easy to follow phonics course is vital. Information and instructions on how to teach reading through to an adult reading age can give your teaching a boost. Unfortunately though, most phonic courses cover less than one hundred graphemes. So, most of what a child needs to learn in order to become a fluent reader is left to chance. A child or adult will need to learn to read over 1,000 sound/spelling relationships in order to read fluently. If you would like a brief overview of the Practice Reading & Speaking Phonics Course click here.

How many graphemes does your current phonics course include? Ours has over 1,000 different phoneme/grapheme relationships. A free preview sample and guide to how to teach reading using this course is available here. The eBook PDF download “Practice Reading and Speaking” by April Phillips, condenses more graphemes than any other programme into a 70 module reading course. It does this in an easy to teach, cumulative method. The student’s knowledge of how words work, needs to grow in easy to follow steps. The eBook ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ fills in the gaps in a student’s understanding. Whether  teaching reading to a three year old, helping failed readers or teaching reading to adults, this one book will assist the student to become fluent at both reading and writing. By sticking to the facts, teaching time is shortened. If your objective is to be able to teach reading and writing to any age group, ability or nationality this book is for you. Remember, student success builds confident teachers. 

How to Teach Reading alongside Pronunciation – Tips for ESL/EFL Students

An added bonus with this course is that it includes pronunciation tips for students whose first language is not English. (A course that clarifies how to teach reading should assist all students.) Due to this addition, as a teacher, you will likely discover pronunciation principles that you haven’t considered before.

Practice Reading and Speaking Teaching Resources

In order to understand how to teach reading, just view the resources in the eBook ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ sold on this website. They are simple, direct and easy to use. These resources enable you to teach reading and test phonic knowledge precisely before and after teaching. View the contents page too. The resources include:

  • Assessments (Phoneme assessments and a pronunciation assessment)
  • Syllable Division Instruction (Eight common methods that fluent readers use to decode words.)
  • A phonic dictionary (Demonstrates how one spelling can have many different sounds.)
  • Segment focus (Helps dyslexic students listen, separate and combine sounds.)
  • Teaching notes (Simple explanations of phonic decoding skills to use with pupils.)
  • English simplified. (English literacy resources to improve writing, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and public speaking.)
  • Lesson plans and game ideas 
  • Early reading resources: Letter cards, word cards, images (to be copied onto card and cut out). 


How to Practice Reading – Target specific phonemes/graphemes

Whilst reading fluency can be improved by reading books that are at a suitable level, more precise practice is often needed. Practicing decoding skills by focusing on a single grapheme, can speed up the process of becoming a fluent reader. The ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ program provides all of the facts about the phonic code (minus the confusing technical jargon). As you teach reading with this book, over 12,000 practice words allow the student to encounter hundreds of combinations of sounds and spellings in order of difficulty to ensure plenty of practice. In fact the course was written with the purpose of extending vocabulary and the understanding of how words work. Where possible, the order of words allow for short sentences to be written easily. At times, the order of words creates humorous phrases. Vocabulary is increased. Scan reading or writing challenges at the bottom of each page encourage students to use what they are learning in their own writing.

How to Teach Reading – Use Positive Language

As you teach reading with this course, you will notice that there are no ‘irregular’ words. All words can be decoded. If you can say them, you can sound them out. The fact that some graphemes have limited examples becomes irrelevant. When you teach reading without the negative concept that certain words don’t follow the usual rules, pupil’s confidence stays high. Positive language helps develop enthusiasm. Your pupils won’t feel that they are doomed to fail.

How to Teach Reading through Achievable Challenges

Reassure your pupils that you are confident that they will succeed with this course. Focus on the discovery of the precise principles that your pupil finds difficult as you teach reading. By means of the assessments, you will avoid wasting time on repetition of already assimilated principles. Heightened awareness of your pupil’s strengths and weaknesses allows you to set achievable challenges and goals. Being able to monitor their own progress builds student confidence. Pupils can learn new concepts at their own pace.

How to Teach Reading alongside Basic English

How to teach reading alongside basic English is a bonus feature of  ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’. The guide to basic English, enhances the course by teaching literacy skills alongside the acquisition of new phonic knowledge. Whether helping your student to correct their own writing, teaching them how to use a dictionary, memorising parts of speech, teaching spelling or rules or punctuation; everything that you need to teach reading is here. This book makes it possible to teach reading, comprehension, writing and vocabulary side-by-side. It even includes homonyms and homographs. It’s the detail that allows you to focus or stretch a pupil’s knowledge. Spelling ability usually lags behind reading ability. However, by teaching basic English, writing and spelling whilst you teach reading, these skills can grow together. 

How to Teach Reading using Careful Lesson Preparation

When you prepare lessons thoroughly before you teach reading, you re-enforce your own understanding of how each spelling relates to sound. With a thorough grasp of phonics by means of study and experience, how to teach reading and teach phonics will become effortless. By doing this you will help kids to pass phonic screening tests and examinations. The thinking preparation and categorisation of the individual components of words has been done for you.

So, how can teachers show quality and consistency when they teach reading? When you teach reading in a structured way, your student will find your explanations easier to grasp. A thorough grasp of how every word is decoded is the key to success and encourages fluency. This eBook will eliminate any doubts that you may have about individual phonic concepts and how to teach them.

How to Teach Reading and How to Teach Phonics in a More Structured Way

A tightly structured phonics course that focuses on listening, speaking and enhanced segmenting/blending skills is essential when you teach reading. A child’s ability to learn to read quickly, depends upon those who teach reading using simple, brief and crystal clear explanations. Efficient practice always follows clear understanding.

How to Teach Reading using Phonic Assessments to Monitor Progress

Using detailed phonic assessments before and after you teach reading, allows you to closely monitor the progress of each student. Pupils’ phonic decoding skills will grow. Practice Reading and Speaking includes helpful ways to record progress. As you teach reading, the pupil can see at a glance what is left to learn. ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ explains how to teach reading by assessing phonic knowledge before and after teaching. 

How to Teach Reading and How to Teach Phonics with a Clear Goal.

Before you teach reading and teach phonics have a clear goal in mind. Your objective should be reading fluency, a high level of accuracy and the ability to recognise every grapheme and translate it into sound. 

As you teach reading, don’t leave anything that the child needs to learn to chance assimilation. Unfortunately, not all children will assimilate phonic skills alone. If possible, teach reading and teach phonics until you have covered as many graphemes as possible. Your knowledge of how to teach reading will need to grow. Information on how to teach reading to any age group can be found here.

How to Teach Reading and How to Teach Phonics to Dyslexics

It’s common practice in schools, to stop teaching phonics and teach spelling instead of teaching reading. Struggling readers are then left to teach reading to themselves through experience with texts. Children with visual discrimination and auditory discrimination difficulties, need teachers to understand how to teach reading and how to teach phonics more dynamically, intensively and for an extended period. How to teach reading takes on a whole new meaning. Your clarity, empathy, flexibility and inventiveness will need to reach new heights. Whilst you teach reading, you will need strategies which simplify and minimise the language used to explain phonics to struggling readers. You will also need a more detailed understanding of how words work and how the writing of those who are severely dyslexic relate to what they are trying to achieve. 

Remember to include memory techniques as you teach reading. Give help with phonics in a way that can be remembered. The eBook ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ is perfectly suited to teach reading to dyslexic students in an extended way. It contains pages which help dyslexic students to focus for longer on segmenting and decoding as you teach phonics to them.

How to Teach Reading with Raised Expectations 

A pupil’s ability to learn as you teach reading can change from day to day so raise your expectations and keep them raised. It’s as if you are showing the child the mountain and giving them the equipment they need to reach the top safely. The student’s ability to learn when you teach reading will then have no limitations.

A teacher who is precise, brief, kind and patient with their explanations will succeed at teaching reading and teaching phonics. Having an approachable manner and finely honed teaching skills counts when you are furthering your knowledge of how teach reading. It’s well known that if you teach reading and teach phonics with raised expectations, it is more likely to lead to reading success.

Aim for an Adult Reading Age when you Teach Reading

A primary school that can teach reading well and knows how to teach phonics in a way that raises the reading age of pupils, is likely to be assessed as an outstanding school. It’s now possible when you teach reading to move towards the goal of an adult reading age for the majority of pupils by the age of eleven. Greater precision when you teach reading and teach phonics means a lower failure rate. As you teach reading, lessons that help with phonics can be set as reading practice homework alongside the reading of real books. The new eBook ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ enables stronger links with parents. Reading practice homework, can be specific to decoding skills. In order for teaching reading and teaching phonics to children to work, parents need to first improve their own phonic skills. 

Teach Reading with ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’

This ‘teach reading – teach phonics’ resource textbook is available for educators, teachers and parents. ‘Practice Reading and Speaking‘ can be used to train teachers who are teaching reading to become proficient in teaching phonics. Used as a classroom phonics course when you teach reading in the classroom it will back up your teaching. Remember when you teach reading and teach phonics that the facts need to be learned in order of difficulty. Your intention is to aid memory and increase concentration. Don’t diffuse the facts when you teach reading and teach phonics, with unnecessary worksheets.

Teach Reading – Assess Current Phonic Knowledge

Before you begin to teach reading with ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ read the overview of how to use the different features found on each page of the 70 Module course. Next, test correct pronunciation of English sounds using the Pronunciation assessment. Read the instructions on how to set the phonic assessments. This will help you to focus where you will need to begin in the course with your student. Before teaching set the assessment for the specific module. Test again after teaching.

To demonstrate every phoneme/grapheme relationship in English, there are 12,000 words in this course, you will be able to test phonic knowledge before and after teaching. Teaching notes explain how to teach reading and teach phonics precisely. Students of all reading abilities and accents will benefit from this course. As you teach reading, your pupil will build a comprehensive picture of all of the phoneme-grapheme relationships. Both you and your pupils will have an understanding of phonics that is usually only reserved for specialist teachers.  

Practice Reading and Speaking helps you to extend the pupil’s vocabulary whilst you help them to read fluently. This means that as you teach reading in this way, comprehension skills will grow.

Teach Reading – Phonics Screening Test

The best way to prepare for a phonics screening test, is to pre-empt and close the gaps in a child’s knowledge of phonics through detailed teaching and confirmation of the child’s understanding. Monitoring progress, allows for effective time management when teaching reading. If you teach phonics in this tightly structured way, it becomes less likely that you will need to repeat lessons. Sufficient reading progress means more time to improve comprehension and writing skills. (How to improve comprehension and writing skills whilst teaching reading, has been included in the eBook.)

As you teach reading, confidence in your own phonic skills and the ability to separate, pronounce and combine the individual sounds in any word, will transfer to your class. It will enable children to feel empowered by their fluent phonic decoding skills. Children will then be able to read any magazine, book or text confidently. Skilled teachers, teaching reading effectively set phonic screening tests precisely. This ensures that they can teach reading and teach phonics to the highest standards.

Teach Reading – Value your Knowledge of Phonics

Good reading teachers value a thorough knowledge of how to teach reading and phonics. Aim to master an understanding of how to teach reading effectively and effortlessly. By extending your knowledge of the graphemes used in the English language. Greater knowledge means greater confidence and less stress. Clarify your understanding first in order to simplify your teaching methods. As you teach reading and note pupil’s successes, you will value the extra effort that you put into honing your skills.

If you’re looking for a book on how to teach reading and teach phonics that contains all of the facts about phonics, download the free preview here. Everyone who has bought the book has been delighted with its detail and simplicity. Anyone can teach reading and teach phonics with this PDF eBook.

Help someone understand phonics today. To know how to teach reading successfully to any age group, nationality and ability, buy Practice Reading and Speaking here.


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