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readability tests

Discussion in 'English' started by cheerysocks, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    What do use? And what can you recommend as an easyish tool for understanding readability levels of resources?)Want to turn checking readabilikty of worksheets; text books ; other online resources into a simpliksh admin job to aid literacy needs in a large secondary school.

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    Clearly we want the students to become effective readers but along the way we overface them with demands they can't match- hence the need for this.

  2. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    aah.. not bothering to proof read...
    Hopefully the gist is clear -
  3. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

  4. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

  5. millicent_bystander

    millicent_bystander New commenter

    http://www.read-able.com/ always works for me!
  6. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

  7. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Hmm - SMOGed the science text book used for bottom set Yr 9s (average reading age 7). 17.
  8. The problem with readability tests is that they are very much based on the number of multi-syllable words in a text, not on its decodability (i.e the ease with which phonic knowledge can be used to work out what the words 'say'). In subjects such as science it is impossible to avoid multisyllable words and they are words which pupils have to be able to read.
    So instead of aiming to dumb down texts to words of one syllable it might be more effective to teach children how to read multisyllable words by breaking them into 'chunks', decoding each chunk and then putting them together. Multi syllable words are often much easier to decode than single syllable words. What puts pupils off them is fear of their length.Remove the fear by teaching them how to handle the words effectively and they will be able to access much more.
  9. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    I agree entirely. However, one of the science staff told me that her pupils can 'read easily' - she has no bottom sets. Some of her pupils, hoever, do have serious literacy problems and can't actually access the texts they are expected to use. I suspect that she thinks they're OK because they don't ask when they can't decode a word - fear of looking stupid.
    A huge problem in all subjects is sentence structure. Very few of the pupils I teach can follow a complex sentence, and the SMOG test I use also analyses sentence structure.
  10. I think, too, that teachers are so used to children who can't read that they don't see why one is making a fuss about proper support for poor readers.
    Probably can't read well enough to get to the end of it[​IMG]
    I was taught in the long ago days when complexity was the antithesis of a good writing style. But that is by the bye. What I meant to ask was do textbooks really contain complex sentences these days?

  11. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter


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