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In addition to the humble book, publishers have launched an array of reading programs designed to help readers of all types acquire the skills they need Here’s a selection of the most innovative Academy of READING The Academy of READING is an intensive, online intervention program for struggling readers in grades 2-12 which instructs students in the five critical areas of reading —...

Reading Literature Not Only a Pleasure

Research proves that a good book stimulates the brain Just in case anyone needs another reason to encourage the reading of literature, researchers at Stanford University have come up with more proof that it’s good for you. In an innovative interdisciplinary study, neurobiological experts, radiologists, and humanities scholars are working together to explore the relationship between reading, attention, and distraction...

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Literacy in a digital world Today, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. A global event is taking place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in...

Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Research Offers Insight to the Way ELLs Learn to Read

60% of Surfers Read Books Regularly

A 17-country report just released by global market analysts, GfK, shows that 30% of the international online population read books"every day or most days". This is led by China at 36%, closely followed by Spain and the UK at 32% each. However, if the segment is widened to include both daily readers and those who read"at least once a...

Nevada Imposes Literacy by Third Grade

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed the Read by Three Act (SB 391) designed to improve early literacy and student achievement. The law includes early identification and parental notification of reading deficiencies, intensive reading interventions for students in need of additional support and, as a last resort, retention at the end of third grade with more intensive interventions.The law...

For Millennials, Reading Looks Good on Paper

As eBooks continue to dominate the literary market and tablets take over our nightstands, new research pours in on the superiority of paper books: in December, Language Magazine reported on the detrimental effects of eReaders on sleep quality (see “Paper Books are Better in Bed") and now researchers are analyzing the effects of eReading on our waking hours.More...

Making Reading Your Own

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Todd Brekhus, president of myON, extols the benefits of students developing their own personal digital librariesMaking literacy more personal to kids, especially to second-language learners, begins with providing learners with their own personal libraries. It’s hard to think about literacy without a library of great content and great books. So, when a student is able to have his or...

Newspapers, Childhood Reading Key to Strong Vocabulary

Researchers at London’s Institute of Education have found that children who are avid readers reap the rewards well into adulthood. The participants of the study who were avid readers as children scored significantly higher on vocabulary tests as adults.More...

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

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Kate Kinsella advocates the use of narrow reading units as a portal to word knowledge and literate discourseI provide consultancy and professional development for districts across the nation that are striving to support English learners and under-resourced students in making viable academic language and literacy advances. I am observing with increasing concern as well-intended English language arts...