Those who want to teach “reading skills” rather than foster a sense of the joy of reading, are, in my view only discouraging readers. Good readers are not those who have been taught reading skills, but those who read a lot. We need to find ways to encourage and enable people to read more. This means allowing them to choose what to read, and for hesitant readers, making graded readers available, and encouraging them to listen to the content that they are about to read.The “reading skills” described by a teacher below can only come from the experience of reading, not from instruction by a reading specialist. Reading skills are declining because young people read less, despite all the efforts to teach reading strategies.
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