Beyond the Word: Reading Connected Text

A Class on Text Complexity and Reading Comprehension

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 8:00 -10:00 a.m. Pacific time

Cost: $25.00

Instructor:  Gail Venable

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What really makes connected text easy or hard to read? The answers might surprise you. Which of these statements are true of your students when they read?

  • They omit, insert or substitute words, especially function words like that, and it.
  • They leave off suffixes or substitute one for another.
  • They don’t consistently apply the rules you have taught them, making errors like tired for tried.
  • They read through punctuation or pause where they shouldn’t.
  • They have trouble with surprisingly easy words.

When students make errors like these, teachers often attribute them to poor decoding skills and set about to improve their students’ reading accuracy by remediating such skills, but sometimes these errors are actually caused by lack of familiarity with complex syntax and conventions of print. If problems like these are characteristic of the students you are working with, let me help you see what might really be behind their mistakes and show you how to improve their reading.

My credentials:

  • SLP (Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from McGill University).
  • 35 years of experience as an OG tutor for students with language and reading difficulties.
  • Past Fellow and Board member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
  • Part of the Word Inquiry community for more than a decade.
  • Author of Backpocket Words: Sharing the Essence of English Spelling.