Structure or syntax is an important source of information for readers as they read texts. It assists children to solve words in reading, and it gives them a feed-forward and feedback mechanism as they read. A child who does not have control of the oral language patterns of English or has little experience with book language is probably less able to predict and use the language structures in books.
This webcast will explore:
the use of structure and why this is difficult for some learners
how, as teachers, we can be more supportive of children learning to use structure in both reading and writing
fostering increasing awareness of and use of structure as a source of information through the teaching we do
supporting the learning of a child who finds structure difficult
how to choose books for a child who finds structure tricky
identifying which structures are new to the child
noticing and building on the structures the child controls in reading
About the presenter Sue Duncan is executive director of the Regional Reading Recovery Training Center in the Early Childhood Department at Georgia State University.
Sue taught as a primary teacher and sole-charge principal in a number of different areas in New Zealand before training as a Reading Recovery tutor in Auckland in 1985. She trained as a trainer in 1989 and has since worked in New Zealand, England, Canada and the U.S.
Sue is the only trained facilitator for the First Chance program in the U.S., and has also trained as a university trainer for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and Comprehensive Intervention Modeling.
Length of Session Approximately 90 minutes
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