Reading skills improving thanks to schools scheme
Wednesday, October 10, 2012South Wales Evening PostFollow
THOUSANDS of young people have "significantly improved" their reading skills, thanks to a schools programme aimed at improving literacy.
More than 2,000 young people who have received two school terms of Eight Reading Behaviours teaching were tested and all were found to have improved reading skills.
The pupils, aged eight to 14, were tested last December and again in June this year to discover their reading age, which had improved by more than expected.
Stephanie Vaughan, Swansea Council's English and literacy advisor to schools, said: "We have changed the way teachers work with children and have encouraged parents to read at home in different ways.
"Before some children were able to learn and recite words from the page of a book but did not understand what those words or phrases actually meant, giving them little educational benefit.
"The Eight Reading Behaviours are easy to understand strategies to make children more active readers.
"They can include encouraging children to picture the text in their head, to ask questions and to make suggestions about what is happening in the story. They help pupils better understand what's on the page in front of them.
"Pupils are given the skills to read independently and encouraged to become critical readers, who can make judgements, form opinions and read between the lines. They are also able to select and summarise information.
"This way pupils enjoy reading more and read in ways which help them t
Via Charles Tiayon