How to Teach Reading Fundamentals


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Course Description

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.
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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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
  • 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
  • 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 Article: Decoding and Elementary Readers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Article: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Take Poll: Reading Spot
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
178
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.
  • 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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Course Title: How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550417
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (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
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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  • "All parts were very helpful. I was familiar with some of them, so I found them easy. However, I am sure that a least knowledgeable person would find the course way more difficult and extremely helpful." -- Loredana G.
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