Reading is the third learning skill and is the ability to create meaning from written symbols.
Being able to reconise upper and lower case letters (written characters) which form the English Alphabet and understanding which sounds these letters/symbols represent, is the basis of reading skills.
There are a wide range of Font Styles (some easier to read than others).
Open Dyslexic is a new typeface designed for readers with dyslexia.
‘Strategies for improving comprehension skills
- Skim: read for the brief idea or overview.
- Scan: read for specific details or a specific reason.
- KWL: determine what you Know about the topic, what you Want to know, and what you Learned.
- Skip: if you don’t understand a word or section, keep reading ahead. Come back to the section or word again and try to figure out the meaning. Use a dictionary if necessary.
- Look for headings, subtitles and keywords.
- Read out loud: children read out loud when they first start reading. You can too. Get comfortable hearing your English voice.
- Create timelines or charts: reorganize what you read in a different format.
- Rewrite in a different tense.
- Rewrite in a different format: for example, rewrite an article in letter or list form.
- Illustrate: if you think you’re a visual learner, sketch images or an infographic related to what you read.
- Write the questions: as you read, think about which questions you might find on a test or quiz. Write them down and answer them, or quiz a friend.
- Summarize or retell: you can do this by writing a letter to a friend, writing a blog post, making a web cam video, or just starting a conversation on this topic.
- Learn affixes: prefixes and suffixes. This will increase your word recognition.
- Keep a vocabulary journal.
- Get a vocabulary partner.
- Use a pen or ruler. Some people find it is easier to read with a pacer. A pen, ruler or fingertip can help you keep your place and prevent your eyes from wandering off. This may not be suitable if you are reading on a computer or mobile device. Adjust the screen to a larger size if necessary.’