Comprehension Tips

If you saw the read the word “egress”, would you think it is:

  1. A type of bird;
  2. A headdress worn by a princess in Ancient Egypt; or,
  3. The action of going out or leaving a place?

Would it help you more if you saw the word in a sentence?

Egress from this carpark is to be via the access lane in the rear.

Comprehending the meaning of a word is different to decoding the letters and sounds in a word to know how to say it aloud. But these skills do rely on one another.

Today’s Comprehension Tips

  • Written by Misty Adoniou (Associate Professor in Language, Literacy and TESL, University of Canberra), via

Tip 1: teach phonics through words already in the children’s vocabulary (an example of this is THRASS – Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills, which I use in my clinic);

Tip 2: build your children’s vocabulary by talking and reading to them so that they encounter words in all their many and varied guises. Seeing a word in many different contexts is more important than just seeing the word flashed at you many times;

Tip 3: teach reading through real books with real language so that children learn the rhythm and patterns of English grammar;

Tip 4: give children lots of real life experiences and talk to them about what they see. Trips out and about, and chats about things beyond their everyday environment are important.


By | 2017-07-18T13:02:30+10:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Comprehension Tips

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