To be educated and to be able to read are different things. Many people know how to read and can read, but few know the technicalities of reading. If you want to improve and stand out from others, you need to follow the right way, which is word decoding. Correct pronunciation through decoding is the only way you can learn good reading, especially if, at some point, you are in need of reading out loud.
A guide to decoding and developing the skills is important.
Know the basics of decoding
Ironically, good readers always decode words, yet they might not be familiar with the term ‘word decoding’. It is all right as long as you are using the skill practically. But for adult learners and preschoolers, it is important how to decode words to enhance your reading. The phenomenon lies around the relationship between individual letters and their sounds. It is often known as phonics. Phonics knowledge is highly important and the first step to effective reading. It is taught to children at a small age so that they have a good grip on word pronunciation. But if it comes to adults, for example, if someone wants to learn a different language, they have to learn word decoding.
Steps to word decoding:
Word decoding is learned step by step. The proper way to read is a skill that is developed slowly.
- The first and most important part of learning effective reading is to know about the letters. It is important to know the sounds of the alphabet, and then you can easily start making new words and how to pronounce them.
- Breaking and joining letters to make and learn new words is the second step to word decoding. Bigger words consist of smaller words, so when you know how to make and pronounce smaller words, you can automatically make bigger words.
- Blending sounds and phonics is the final step. Moving on from two to three-letter words. Then from smaller to bigger words and finally, blending sounds to make and pronounce new words is all you need to know about the basics of word decoding. After putting your hand on these three steps, you can read. And if you indulge in the habit of reading regularly, you keep on improving to perfection.
Enhance hearing and speaking skills
A lot of help comes from hearing and speaking in a particular language. It helps you grasp the pronunciation of words. It can reduce a lot of effort for you to improve your reading. Once you know how to pronounce a word, you just have to do half the effort to be able to read. For this, you can accompany people who are good at speaking a language. By hearing them, you will gain knowledge of how to pronounce them. Within a short time, you will notice a change in your vocabulary. Secondly, you should start trying to speak often in the language you wish to grasp. You might make mistakes in the beginning, but gradually you will be able to recognize and ultimately eliminate them.
- Make it interesting
Anything seems easy and doable if one finds interest in doing it. People lose interest when they start feeling a thing or routine is monotonous. Since learning is important and unavoidable, you should look for ways to make it interesting. For example, your goal is to improve your reading. For that, an amazing way is to watch movies in that language. It is a tried and tested method that people who aim at improving their reading often start watching movies with subtitles. They come and vanish quickly, according to the dialogue delivery. This does wonder for them. They indulge in the habit of recognizing the same words repeatedly. In the beginning, it might seem impossible, but they make a difference very shortly. As a result, they get fluent in reading, and a plus point is that they get to improve their vocabulary also.
- Indulge in productive habits
Watching movies or accompanying people may not be everyone’s favorite thing to do. So, for people who like to be isolated or do not prefer learning in the presence of others, the best way is to start reading. There is a plethora of books, magazines, articles, and journals online and physically. All you need to do is find an interesting topic for yourself and grab something to read. This habit will not only work for improving your reading only but will also help you gain knowledge. If you like to read paper books, you can simply carry them anywhere you go or travel. They will keep you satisfied and productive.
Put your hands on self-writing
Although reading and writing are two different things both have a deep connection. Whatever you read is written, and you have to decode it. So technically, if you reverse the cycle, it becomes more productive and useful. For writing, you have to storm your brain. This floods your brain with ideas. Secondly, your brain immediately tries to find words to fix your ideas. By this, you will automatically try to use words that you have never heard or spoken. Resultantly, you will decode the words and try to fit them where they make sense. So, with this reverse decoding cycle, when you start self-writing, you will get many benefits. You will learn and use new words, you will start relating things and their meaning more sensibly, and ultimately improve your reading skills.
Join your peers
Just like two brains are better than one, learning alone is always better than learning with your peers. Reading is an amazing habit and a great thing to do. Many people have the hobby of reading books. They like to spend their leisure time reading books instead of partying or eating outside. So, if your goal is to learn and improve effectively, a great way is to accompany your peers. This is because when you do a project in a group, you get to learn more than you would in solitude. It encourages sharing of ideas, and you may get to know about things that you did not know about earlier.