Author Archive | Lillian


Strategies for Improving Reading Fluency

  Reading fluency is the ability to rapidly recognise (i.e., quickly and accurately read) a sufficiently large number of words so that mental energy can be focused on comprehending text rather than on the decoding process. To become a fluent reader requires proficiency at several levels: The ability to rapidly recognise the pronunciation of a […]

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Twisted tongue

Tongue Twisters

A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Most commonly the phrase consists of words beginning with the same or similar sounds or alternates between sounds that are slightly different, thereby making the change from one sound to the next difficult (e.g., The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick). […]

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Books for Babies & Toddlers

There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of reading to children from a very young age. They learn about the structure of books, it increases their vocabulary and exposes them to concepts and ideas that they might not encounter in their daily life. However, just be aware that although it is important to […]

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Homographs, Heteronyms & Homophones

Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have more than one meanings (e.g., bat – the animal – and bat – used for hitting). If the word is also pronounced differently, it is a heteronym. Often heteronyms are the result of one pronunciation being one part of speech and the other another part […]

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Maths & Literacy

Richard Lamb is an assistant professor of science education measurement at Washington State University and the director of a unique classroom in which all the students and the teacher are ‘wired’ to a computer which actively records their brain functioning.. In one study, Lamb used the brain imaging of teachers and students to evaluate the […]

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