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7. Assessing decoding using non-words


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Last updated 09 November 2012 15:26 by NZTecAdmin
  • Assessing decoding skills is more effective when learners are asked to decode non-words (or pseudo-words). These are made-up words that can be decoded by “sounding out” the letters.
  • Using non-words means that learners aren’t able to rely on their existing knowledge of real words, and instead have to use their letter-sound knowledge.
  • There are a number of decoding tests available. We think that the Bryant test is particularly useful, and have provided copies for both the learner and educator in the Starting Points: Assessment Guide (appendices A.9a and A.9b). Click here for the Decoding assessment (learner) and the Decoding assessment (educator)
  • Watch Tom Nicholson find out how Jayde well decodes these “alien” words.

Alien words Jade

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