Reading

Proficient reading skills are critical to academic success.  WES reading programs include instruction in phonological awareness, decoding skills, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.  We teach students how the printed English language system works, so students develop the skills to sound out and identify unfamiliar words.  We help students expand their reading vocabulary – students must know words and word meanings in order to comprehend what they read.  We teach students strategies that increase their reading comprehension.  Students learn how information is presented in textual materials: textbooks, articles, literature books, etc. so they can quickly locate information.  We help students learn to read actively so they not only understand what they read, but they remember it.  We also help students increase their reading speed and accuracy, or fluency.

WES also helps students who struggle with reading due to learning differences or dyslexia.  Our more therapeutic approach is based on the theory underlying the Orton-Gillingham (Slingerland), Alphabetic Phonics, and Total Reading Systems programs.  It is an intensive multisensory approach designed to teach reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) skills to struggling students.  Learners of all ages study the sounds and associated diacritical marks for the 13 vowel sounds and 44 phonograms, or letter combinations that function as single language (speech) units, in the English language.  Students learn the regularities within the language system through instruction utilizing multisensory techniques.  Visual, auditory, and motor cues are coordinated to help students perceive and sequence sounds.  Each lesson follows a consistent and predictable form so that students experience success as they increases confidence in their command of the English language system.