English Reading Comprehension
This is the second in a series of blogs about Fisher Hill’s English literacy program. In this blog, I will talk about the English Reading Comprehension series. The series has six workbooks. Fisher Hill’s literacy program has six levels. Each level has four books. The books are workbooks. Each level has:
a Reading and Spelling workbook
a Reading Comprehension workbook
a Writing Composition workbook
and a Vocabulary workbook
Each level begins with the English Reading and Spelling workbook. After completing the English Reading and Spelling workbook, students can begin the English Reading Comprehension workbook at that level. The purpose of the English Reading Comprehension workbook is to help Spanish speakers improve their English reading comprehension skills. Reading comprehension is the ability to draw meaning from written words.
The English Reading Comprehension workbooks are made up of twenty lessons. Lessons include practice with fluency, vocabulary, visualization, comprehension, phonology and phonics. There is an answer key at the end of each lesson.
Reading smoothly (fluency) is an important skill. Fluency allows readers to think about what they are reading instead of having to think about sounding out words. Decoding skills need to be learned and practiced so these skills become automatic when reading words. Visualizing (making pictures in your head) helps readers remember what they have read. Good vocabulary skills help readers visualize. Readers cannot visualize a word if they do not know its meaning. All of these skills: fluency, visualizing, vocabulary, and decoding are necessary for reading comprehension.
Reading comprehension is the goal of reading. Reading is an essential skill for jobs and daily life. Many people enjoy reading and say it is one of their favorite pastimes. Others read only when it is necessary. Whichever the case may be, everyone needs to know how to read. Learning to read comes more easily to some people than others. Most people need to be taught how to read. It is different from learning to talk. Learning to read can be very difficult for some people but with practice, most everyone can learn to read.
On our website, there are placement tests to determine which level a student should begin. A student needs a score of 80% to go to the next level. For example, if a student gets 60% on the placement test for level one, then that student needs to begin with level one with English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. Each level begins with the Reading and Spelling workbook.
These placement tests can be found under Teacher Resources on our website www.Fisher-Hill.com . Teacher Resources can be found on the top tool bar. Click on Teacher Resources, then click on Reading and Spelling. Then scroll down to the placement tests. The placement tests are called Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 and so forth. Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 is for level one.
There are other teacher resources for these workbooks on our website. There is a Scope and Sequences to help you use the program. There are Word and Sentence Practice pages and Word Chains to help with fluency.
English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Series
Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program
Visit us on line at www.Fisher-Hill to learn more about our English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker workbooks which are part of our English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.