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10. Recognising words by sight


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin
  • Sight words are the words that a reader recognises instantly, without needing to sound them out. They are stored in the visual memory, and this instant recall is known as “automaticity”
  • Readers need to build their bank of sight words so that they can read fluently. Fluency is important for comprehension.
  • Most readers’ sight words are also high-frequency words, that is, the words that occur most often in written English. An individual reader will also have a number of sight words that are personal to them – like their name and the names of family members- or words that are of special interest to them or that they have read many times because they are in their environment. You can read about environmental print on page 33 in Starting Points:Supporting the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy.

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