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How to Teach Reading Fundamentals

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Reading is the process of absorbing the written word. Whether in English or another language, reading is an essential part of communication between human beings. Reading comprehension is the ability to process, think through and connect ideas that are expressed on paper. 

Reading may be achieved through a variety of methods and techniques that best suit individual learners and students of all ages and levels. This reading basics course is designed to help students increase their reading speed as well as their ability to comprehend content, directions, and absorb materials for retention. Whether a student is taking this course to increase reading skills as a second or foreign language or by native English speakers wishing to increase their comprehension of a wide variety of materials, students will be introduced to different techniques and materials to do so.

Whether a student needs to increase his or her comprehension for work environments, pleasure, or school, styles of approach, engagement, as well as the potential of using a wide variety of resources and tools are explored in this course. From learning the basics of reading comprehension such as decoding and retention to understanding how vocabulary is created and using the Internet to improve reading skills, this course offers students a basic and solid foundation in reading multiple types of materials for a wide range of daily living scenarios and needs.

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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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
  • Review 2 Articles: Literacy; National Institute for Literacy
  • Take Poll: Reading Basics Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: 7 Strategies to Teach Text Comprehension; Reading Comprehension
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Decoding and Elementary Readers; SQ3R
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Morpheme; Phonemes
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Metaphor; Oxymorons
  • Take Poll: Reading Topics
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: The Need for Workplace Literacy
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Critical Reading; First Grade Skill Builders
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Grammar Basics; Grammar Help
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: English Reading Comprehension Help; ESL Reading
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: 10 Tips to Improve your Reading; How to Improve Reading Skills
  • Take Poll: Scanning and Skimming
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Reading Difficulties

This lesson will briefly cover identifying and dealing with a variety of reading difficulties. 7 Total Points
  • Review Article: ADHD
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Helping Children Enjoy Reading
  • Take Poll: Reading Spot
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550417
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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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.
  • Know strategies for building vocabulary.
  • Describe how to teach English grammar basics.
  • Know teaching strategies for ESL readers.
  • Describe other methods for improving reading skills.
  • Recognizing and adjust for reading difficulties, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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