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Road to reading

LCN632 Understanding Reading and Wiritng Difficulties

Jody Koolman

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LCN632 Understanding Reading and Writing Difficulties
Jody Koolman
1. Oral language
2. phonemic awareness

oral language
Children who are immersed in oral language experiences prior to formal schooling are more likely to become 'competent and critical' readers.
(Konza, 2006, p.12)
Literacy Development Models
There are numerous different literacy development models:
- Deficit Models
- Contextual Models
- Cognitive Models
- Stage Models

Models are not diagnostic tools (Winch et al., 2006, p.62).

State Syllabus documents provide statements of learning and content descriptors (i.e. learning experiences) that educators can use to assess reading ability and guide instructional practices.
Literacy developmental stages are:

"like interwoven threads...the braid begins with the intertwining threads of oral language and stories that are read to children...As children continue to develop they experiment with putting ideas on paper, a written thread is entwined... As children move to reading, the threads begin to bond. [A child's] growing knowledge of spelling and orthography...strengthens the bonding".
(Bear et al., 2012, p.1)
Stage Development Models:
Stages do not occur in lineal sequence.

the stage between birth and 5-6 years
a child begins to develop their oral language skills
Contextual Knowledge

Between ages 2-6, children experience explosive vocabulary growth.
(Biemiller, (2001, p.25)
Oral language interactions are important:
quality language (i.e. a number and variety of words)
reading story books
quality play experiences
(Konza, 2011, p.1)
Children need to be immersed in words for incidental and intentional learning.
Blachowicz & Fisher,2010, p. 225; Whitehurst & Lonigan, 1998,p.518)
Phonological-graphological knowledge
When parents read to children they:

learn to notice when words are missing or a sentence does not make sense
(Winch et al., 2006, p.64)
engage in discussions that allows them to:
- respond verbally
- ask and answer questions
- use words in the right order
- retell events and stories
When babbling children are practicing the intonation and rhythm of language.
Phonological awareness is a broad term referring to the ability to focus on the sounds of speech...rhythm...rhyme...separate sounds".
(Konza, 2011, p.1)
Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness that refers to a child's awareness that:
- speech can be separated into separate words
- words can be broken into separate syllables
- syllables can be separated into separated sounds

Phonemic awareness is broken into subsets:
- alliteration (i.e. first sounds)
- isolation (i.e. hear separate sounds)
- segmentation (i.e. detect sequence of sounds in syllable)
- blending (i.e. blending phonemes)
Children begin to develop their knowledge of letter-sound relationships during the early years of schooling.

There are 44 different sounds which can be spelled approximately 1200 ways.
The Carnine Order is the recommended teaching sequence.
(Konza, 2011, p.1)
(Konza, 2011, p.41)
Phonics Programs
should take no more than approximately 20 hours in total
could run for 10-15 minutes for the first Semester of school
There are three approaches to phonics instruction:
SYNTHETIC - focus on individual sounds
- blending individual sounds
- contextualise sounds
EMBEDDED - pointing out letter-sound relationships to
children while reading
ANALYTICAL - analysis of whole words

(NICHD, 2000)
Developing oral language
Phonics instruction needs to be part of a "broader literacy program the includes the development of...vocabulary, syntax, comprehension and strategic reading abilities, decoding strategies and writing..."
(Yopp & Yopp, 2000, p. 142)
Some suggestions:
chants, jingles and songs
rhythm/rhyming games
nursery rhymes and story book
blending and segmenting activities
teaching active listening skills
'Grand Discussions'
Modelled, Guided and Independent reading
Road Blocks to Literacy Development
Some causal factors that hinder development:
intellectual disability
working memory
poor health
social-economic background
physical or emotional abuse
hearing and/or visual impairment
Poor teaching instruction
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2. http://teams.lacoe.edu/reading/assessments/yopp.html
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4. http://www.ero.govt.nz/National-Reports/Assessment-in-Primary-Schools-A-Guide-for-Parents-December-2008/3.-Assessment-Tools-and-Terms

5. http://connect.readingandwritingproject.org/file/download?google_drive_document_id=0B3yKjAsMtuECVXFvM1NVZ1BJenc

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