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2. What is decoding?

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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin



  • There are two major aspects to reading: decoding and comprehension.
  • Decoding is the ability to read words by translating written symbols into the sounds of spoken language. This is done either orally or silently. Decoding is sometimes called “word identification”. When readers do not recognise a word in its printed form, they use their knowledge of the relationships between letters and sounds to translate it into spoken language. Once they “hear” the word, they will either know it or not, depending on their listening vocabulary.
  • Adults reading at entry-level are often poor decoders. This means that they cannot read fluently enough to read with understanding.



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