Online Class: How to Teach Reading Fundamentals

Understanding the difficulties that may face many students, as focused on helping students gain the most from their reading experiences, this reading basics course is designed to encourage students to excel in their reading adventures and endeavors.

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Course Description

Unlocking the Power of Words: Mastering Reading Basics and Comprehension

At the very core of human connection and knowledge dissemination is the act of reading. Through squiggles on paper, we access worlds of information, dive deep into historical events, understand complex scientific theories, and even traverse fictional universes. The capacity to not only read but also deeply comprehend and integrate information is foundational to learning and communication.

In today's digital age, where information overflows at our fingertips, the importance of efficient reading and robust comprehension skills cannot be overstated. Whether you're sifting through a report at work, enjoying a novel, or perusing online articles, reading is ubiquitous.

The "Unlocking the Power of Words" course promises to journey with you, whether you're a native English speaker or approaching English as a second or foreign language. We've meticulously crafted this curriculum to enhance your reading speed, magnify comprehension abilities, and hone retention skills. Let's delve deeper into what awaits:

Course Breakdown:

1. Introduction to Reading Basics: Step into the vast realm of reading, understanding its significance, and the countless avenues it unlocks for learners.

2. Reading Comprehension Fundamentals: Navigate the nuances of comprehension, exploring techniques that aid in processing and connecting ideas effectively.

3. Components of Reading: Uncover the integral elements that comprise reading - from phonetics and semantics to context cues and inference.

4. Understanding Words: Delve into the art and science of words, discerning their structure, origin, and contextual meanings.

5. Vocabulary Building: Equip yourself with tools and strategies to continuously expand your lexicon, enhancing reading fluency and comprehension.

6. Reading for the American Workplace: Tailor your reading skills to professional contexts, focusing on reports, emails, and corporate communications prevalent in American workplaces.

7. Harnessing the Internet for Reading Enhancement: Learn to navigate the vast digital landscape, using online resources to improve reading skills and comprehension.

8. English Grammar Fundamentals: Solidify your understanding of English grammar, a crucial pillar supporting reading proficiency.

9. Reading Basics for ESL Learners: A specially designed module catering to English as a Second Language learners, focusing on unique challenges and tailored strategies.

10. Elevating Reading Skills: Dive into advanced techniques and practices, constantly challenging yourself to read more efficiently and comprehend more deeply.

11. Addressing Reading Challenges: Unearth potential reading difficulties and barriers, while exploring solutions and interventions to overcome them.

12. Maximizing Your Reading Experiences: Integrate all you've learned, employing strategies, tools, and insights to extract the utmost value from every reading endeavor.

Why Choose This Course?

"Unlocking the Power of Words" is more than just a reading course; it's a pathway to enhanced cognition, sharper analytical abilities, and deeper cultural understanding. Reading is not merely a skill; it's an art. It opens doors to knowledge, sparks imagination, and serves as a bridge to understanding the myriad perspectives the world offers.

With comprehensive modules, real-world applications, interactive assignments, and expert guidance, this course ensures that you not only read but also resonate with the written word.

Join us on this transformative journey, and let the power of words illuminate your path, one page at a time.

Course Motivation

Reading is an essential part of communicating with others. Unfortunately, because of the vast popularity of computers and Internet usage, Americans aren't reading as much as they used to. Because of this, reading and thinking skills are in danger of decreasing to the point where it affects work and communication within business environments. Understanding the importance of reading, and comprehending what is being read, relies on adequate vocabulary, understanding of words and sentence structure, as well as a basic knowledge of English grammar and usage.

Why Are Reading Skills Important?

There is nothing quite so frustrating as the inability to communicate with others. While many people are perfectly content to communicate verbally, imagine how it feels to walk down a street and not be able to read store signs or street directions. If there were no windows, how would you know whether that storefront belongs to a pharmacy or a toy store?

Visits to doctors, banks, schools, and other places of business become a challenging experience for those who don't know how to read properly. Reading skills are essential for optimal communication between cultures and industries.

Without adequate reading skills, everyday events prove difficult. Even if you manage a visit to the doctor's office, how would you follow instructions for medications if you can't read them properly? How do you understand that the memo that your employer just sent you explains that your health benefits will be decreased if you don't respond with a new plan choice within a certain period of time? Reading skills and comprehension are an essential part of many workplace environments.

This course will help students to learn how to read for clarity as well as retain and comprehend what is being read. We will cover basic word structure as well as vocabulary building methods and techniques that will help to increase reading speed and comprehension at the same time.

We're not going to ignore the popularity and benefit of using the Internet to improve your reading skills: resources and links to various Internet sources that provide global interaction in the form of blogging, discussion and forum boards, and interactive games that will help to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and reading skills.

Adults who take it upon themselves to learn, speak and better understand English will encourage competition, a healthier economy, and a more well-rounded social and civic life. Whether you are a native English speaker or an immigrant from another country, getting the most from your adopted language will help to increase job opportunities, comprehension, and the ability to interact and engage in your everyday environments without fear of embarrassment.

This reading basics course is designed for anyone who wishes to improve his or her reading skills and comprehension levels. Whether you're an adult learning English as a second language, or a student wishing to improve communication skills in everyday or business environments, we will help provide basics to reach your personal and professional goals.

This course will help focus on English grammar basics and the importance of reading and writing in school, business, and daily life -- skills necessary in today's busy and competitive society.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Reading Basics

This lesson will introduce students to the reading basics course and to the importance of literacy in today's society. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reading Basics Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Reading Comprehension Basics

In order to accurately understand the written word, individuals must be able to make connections between what is read and what is known, to be able to think about what has been read, and to interpret what has been read. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Components of Reading

This lesson is going to focus on the various components of reading that relates to three areas: decoding, comprehension, and retention of the written word. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Understanding Words

This lesson will illustrate and provide examples of root words and the use of prefixes and suffixes that are added to base words or word stems to create new words with different meanings, or to enhance description. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Vocabulary Building

This lesson will help students find techniques that will them build vocabulary usage, comprehension, and structure, which will not only increase reading comprehension, but the ability to communicate in a wide variety of scenarios. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reading Topics
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Reading for the American Workplace

This lesson will focus on how reading in the workplace is often necessary for the completion of simple tasks and complex business needs. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Using the Internet to Improve Reading Skills

For students wishing to improve their reading skills these days, there is nothing better than the Internet to provide a wide range of opportunities, resources, and links to find anything from beginning readers to literature passages. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: English Grammar Basics

This lesson will very briefly discuss various aspects of English grammar, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and how they are combined to form complete and cohesive sentences. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Reading Basics for ESL Learners

This lesson will focus on helping students learning English as a second language, as well as those striving to improve their comprehension to learn how to gain greater clarity from written materials. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Improving Reading Skills

This lesson will briefly describe several techniques to help improve reading skills and comprehension for all reading levels, ages, and abilities. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Scanning and Skimming
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Reading Difficulties

This lesson will briefly cover identifying and dealing with a variety of reading difficulties. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Get the Most From Your Reading Adventures

This last lesson of our basic reading course will recap the main focus and topics of previous lessons and hopefully encourage students to always find something fun and engaging about the reading process. 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reading Spot; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what reading comprehension is and how to recognize the need for improvement.
  • Describe the basic components of reading.
  • Describe the teaching concepts behind understanding words.
  • Summarize strategies for building vocabulary.
  • Describe how to teach English grammar basics.
  • Summarize teaching strategies for ESL readers.
  • Describe other methods for improving reading skills.
  • Recognizing and adjust for reading difficulties.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550417
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (1,122 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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