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11. Assessing and learning sight words

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Last updated 04 December 2012 16:42 by NZTecAdmin
  • There are a number of lists of sight words – with the majority of words being the same across all lists.
  • The Starting Points: Assessment Guide (appendices A.10a and A.10b) include a list of sight words. This list of sight words includes high-frequency words that are not easily decodable because they do not conform to regular letter-sound relationships. Click here to download the Sight words (learners) and the Sight words (educators)
  • Many adults at entry-level reading have a relatively good bank of sight words. Watch Anton read this list to Tom Nicholson.

Sight words Anton

  • If learners don’t know any of the words, they simply have to learn them so that they can become fluent readers. The most effective way to do this is by reading the words in isolation, for example on a flash card, not by trying to learn them in a context. Speed is important, so games that involve timing work well.


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