Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

The Difference Between Phonological Awareness and Phonics

Kristen (parent) asks: What is the difference between phonological awareness and phonics? Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of ReadingKingdom.com) answers: This is an excellent question because the two terms are commonly used—often without any explanation as to their meaning. Phonics generally refers to the “sounding out” process that children are taught to use for decoding words (e.g., seeing cat, they apply…

Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell. Corcoran’s life of secrecy started at a young age. He said his teachers moved him up from grade to grade. Often placed in what he calls the “dumb row,” the images of his tribulations in the classroom are still vividly…

How to Help Struggling Readers Boost Their Confidence

Chris (Parent) asks: What’s one way you help struggling readers boost their confidence? Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of Reading Kingdom) answers: When a child is struggling, adults feel a strong pull to shore up their confidence by providing lots of praise (e.g., “you really tried,that was great” etc.) In general, those attempts backfire. Children know very well when they are…

Ask Reading Kingdom: What is the biggest challenge in teaching ESL students?

Angela (educator) asks: What do you feel is the biggest challenge when teaching ESL students? Dr. Marion Blank (Reading Kingdom founder) answers: The issues surrounding ESL (English as a Second Language), or ELL (English language learners) play a huge role in our nation’s educational system.  The numbers have been steadily rising. In 2010, 10 percent, or an estimated 4.7 million…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Advice to Adults Who Cannot Read Fluently

Dr. Marion Blank’s passion for literacy started at a young age, when she taught her own grandmother how to read.  Her work over the past 40 years has  all about giving the gift of reading to everyone.   Bruce (Author) asks: What advice would you give to an adult who cannot read fluently? Dr. Marion Blank answers: As with so…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Do Adults Learn to Read the Same Way as Children?

Illiteracy affects adults just as much as it does children. A 2002 study from the National Center of Education Statistics showed that roughly 40% of adults in the United States were at either basic or below basic levels of proficiency.  An emphasis needs to be placed on teaching adults how to read, but can adults learn to read the same…