How to improve one's reading skills, or learn to read
I have a suggestion for a method that I have not tested or looked in reports about reading instruction to learn if it is valid.
Information about reading instruction
A source of free public access literature that every taxpayer has paid for is the ERIC database http://eric.ed.gov
. The Thesaurus used for indexing uses the term " Reading Instruction " with one broader term " Instruction" above, " Reading Instruction" , 7 narrower terms below it, and 32 related terms
An untested method
My untested method, which I have suggested to students, is to go to a library and find the audio book section. Public libraries usually use the Dewey Decimal classification; I will suggest some classification numbers soon. Audio books may be separated into sections such as Biography , Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Science Fiction, and other categories. Some authors may have several books available in audio book . Take several audiobook boxes from the same author and go to the printed book section
Look for print copy books that match an audio book. Check out the print book copy AND the audio book copy of a title to bring home. CDs will play in a computer if you do not have a combination radio/CD player . Read the print book as you listen to the audio book. A numbered CD is usually the same printed book chapter.
Another way to do tis is to use YouTube. I used the words subtitled English movies, and find 9 different production sources. The Jennifer Banks story series have one sentence on a picture, and then goes to the next sentence.
VOA Learning English is a production of the U.S. Government Voice of America agency that produces stories about the U.S. and its people that are broadcast by short-wave radio or streamed on the internet. The VOA has developed a 1500 word vocabulary of English language words, Special English, that are used on some VOA programs. Special English is a vocabulary that new student speakers of English can learn and converse with those who speak English as a first language.
The online dictionary from Merriam-Webster http://
; learnersdictionary . com / 3000-words.html has an alphabetical list of words. Each entry shows the breakdown into syllables, pronunciation, some definitions, and an audio file of a person who speaks the word using a sentence. Other publisers of English language dictionaries have created 3000-word dictionary word sites of their own. A 10,000 word English vocabulary with frequency of use of the word in spoken English can be found through internet searches.