Reading DefinitionsTED 406 Teaching Secondary Reading Jill A. Aguilar
1“Reading means gettingmeaning from certaincombinations of letters. Teachthe child what each letterstands for and he can read…words are written by puttingdown letters from left toright.”
2“Reading is a precise process.It involves exact, detailed,sequential perception andidentification of letters,words, spelling patterns andlarger language units.”
3“Printing is a visual means of representingsounds which are language. Meaning is inthese sounds. We want to equip the child toturn the written word into a spoken word(whether he actually utters it or not) so hewill hear what it says, that is, get its meaning.”
4“Reading is the active process ofreconstructing meaning from languagerepresented by graphic symbols (letters), justas listening is the active process ofreconstructing meaning from the soundsymbols (phonemes) of oral language.”
5“Reading is the process of constructingmeaning through dynamic interaction amongthe reader’s existing knowledge, the languageof the text, and the context of the situation.”
6“If the words remain words and sit quietly onthe page; if they remain nouns, and verbs andadjectives, then we are truly blind.But if the words seem to disappear and ourinnermost self begins to laugh and cry, to singand dance, and finally to fly– if we aretransported in all that we are, to a brand newworld, then– and only then– can we say weREAD!”
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