Intensive Reading Programs are designed for the child who, for some reason
or other, has failed to acquire adequate reading skills during the course
of the normal classroom language program.
They are not designed
to replace existing language programs but to supplement them by filling
the gaps in the child's repertoire of skills, thereby improving their overall
performance in language related areas.
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Program content is based on the
belief that adequate word attack skills and sight vocabulary are prerequisites
for a child to be able to concentrate unhindered on the real task of reading,
i.e. to extract meaning from print.
challenge, however, is not simply to identify a series of skills which need to
be learned, but to present them in a manner which is radically different in
style to that which they have experienced (and failed at) before. The approach
must be intensive, systematic, motivational, must be seen by the student as
relevant to his or her needs and must guarantee success.
It is with these criteria in mind
that the programs have been designed.