An article published in the Telegraph yesterday reported on a controversial new reading test for children in year one learning to read. It involves being tested on made up words such as those found in the picture above. Is this a good idea?
I think not. Aside from the fact that these words don’t even exist in the English language, they will just end up confusing the children who need the most help with reading, and trip up those who are good readers as they try to change the entire word into something that makes sense. No good ever comes out of trying to trick a child. Ever.
Plans for these tests should have been shelved a long time ago, but on the good side, a debate about how to teach reading has once more been put on the education agenda.
I still need to become more informed on the best way of teaching reading whether it be through phonics or another method. Language acquisition was one of the areas I covered extensively and with interest in my first degree and it is in this area of Linguistics that the answer may lie. One day I hope somebody does find out, because reading is one of the most beautiful gifts in life and furthermore, bad spelling is just criminal.
What is the best way of teaching a child to read?
Broadcast belle Fact: Reading readiness is acquired during infancy through various cognitive and linguistic processes, where babies even babble in different languages.