Kids can't read

Matt501

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Hi,

I have some Japanese kids studying the Let's Go text books (level 1) and they are doing well with it. They are 7 and 8 years old. However the reading is very difficult and they can only read and guess at individual words. The mid term test is arriving which has a fair bit of text to read and fill in the blanks. I'm struggling to come up with an idea or concept which is going to help them. I do phonics with them and hear out sounds during lessons to assist the reading parts.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to best progress with this? Thanks, Matt.
 

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Hi,

I have some Japanese kids studying the Let's Go textbooks (level 1), and they are doing well with it. They are 7 and 8 years old. However, the reading is very difficult, and they can only read and guess at individual words.
That appears to contradict your first sentence.

The midterm test is arriving which has a fair bit of text to read and fill in the blanks. I'm struggling to come up with an idea or concept which is going to help them. I do phonics with them and hear out sounds during lessons to assist the reading parts.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to best progress with this? Thanks, Matt.
If they're struggling with the text in those books, consider using easier material for a while. I honestly think it would be counterproductive to focus solely on how they do in their tests, especially for children so young. The key here is to make and keep them interested. If you put too much pressure on them, they may end up hating English for the rest of their lives!
 

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If they're doing well, could it be that the problem is the test? Can you do anything about that? I am learning a language with a different alphabet and I would say that I can decipher rather than read so far.
 
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Thanks for your advice. Regarding the test I can't change it so I'm focussing on the dialogue used in the test. I'm also using the online version of the course to help with the reading part. Thank you all for the replies. Matt.
 

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Thanks for your advice. Regarding the test, I can't change it so I'm focusing on the dialogue used in the test. I'm also using the online version of the course to help with the reading part. Thank you all for the replies. Matt.

Note the above. "Focusing/focused" are two of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.
 

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Note the above. "Focusing/focused" are two of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

I have seen many references to both versions being perfectly acceptable over many years. And both seem accepted by Microsoft Word. Is not doubling the 's' based on a rule related to stressed syllables?
 

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[STRIKE]Fanx[/STRIKE] Thanks, [STRIKE]guyz[/STRIKE] guys.

I realise you were probably being ironic but please bear in mind that some learners on this forum assume that everything written by native speakers, particularly English teachers, is correct. On that basis, I have corrected the post above.
Learners will also wish to note that some people say that "guys" refers only to men. However, plenty of native speakers use it towards mixed groups and, sometimes, towards groups made up exclusively of women.
 
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