This textbook will prove invaluable to teacher educators, teachers, educational psychologists, and any professional who is involved with teaching children to read. It provides a detailed examination of the processes that are involved in achieving fluent word reading skills and ability to comprehend written texts. Understanding these processes and their development empowers teachers to select appropriate, evidence-based teaching strategies and thus teach children more effectively. The book is in four parts: Part 1 provides the reader with a Tutorial Review covering essential knowledge about language, and presenting the two dimensions of the Simple View of Reading. Part 2 concentrates on the word reading dimension, with chapters on processes in skilled word reading, the development of these processes, and practical advice on research validated teaching methods to develop children’s word reading skills. Part 3 turns to the language comprehension dimension, with chapters on the comprehension of oral and written language, and on teaching reading comprehension. Part 4 introduces the reader to assessment practices and methods of identifying children with difficulties in either or both dimensions of the Simple View, and considers children with word reading difficulties and children with specific comprehension difficulties, describing effective evidence-based interventions for each type of difficulty.

Development of visual word recognition processes

Development of visual word recognition processes

Development of visual word recognition processes


In this chapter, you will learn how the two sets of word reading processes available to skilled readers develop as children learn to read. In Chapter 3, we argued that to become skilled readers, children must develop the word reading processes available to skilled readers: phonological recoding processes, which rely on the use of relations between letters and sounds, and lexical processes, which rely on direct access to meaning and pronunciation from stored sight vocabulary. Understanding what is involved in developing these processes will allow you to answer the question, how do children learn to read written words? It will also enable you to tailor your teaching to maximize children’s learning.

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