Detailed Description of All Four

Parts of Our Two-Hour Course

in Reading Improvement


Note: Many clients will spread out these four parts with a week of independent practice between sessions. Others want to take all the instruction at one time. Each person is different. This course is designed for one-on-one instruction at home, or small group instruction at schools and colleges. The small group instruction is designed for two hours. The instructor communicates over the phone or Skype, as all parties look at materials on the Internet, anywhere in the world.


First Part of Instruction

(Introductory discussion of client's goals and history, observation of client's reading, and presentation to client of basic comprehension skills)

1. Listen to client's objectives and short history.

2. Listen and watch as client reads a current article on the Internet.

3. Discuss patterns that are observed, including level of mastery of basic skills

a. Decoding, automaticity and fluency

b. What issues client demonstrates?

4. Explain what a punctuation interval is and what it means to read by punctuation intervals.

a. Pausing at commas, etc.

b. Show how each punctuation interval has meaning and how the meaning often becomes clear with the last word in the interval.

5. Get client to start reading this way.

6. Explain need to re-read smoothly if you have stumbled through that word or interval.

a. Explain that stumbling in fluency is a key that you need to reread from the beginning of the sentence or punctuation interval.

7. Discuss auditory memory.

8. Discuss visual memory.

9. Discuss thinking about what basic questions are being asked and answered as the sentence goes along.

a. Explain the role of prepositions, verbs and adverbs.

b. Discuss organizing information and anticipating in response to above.

10. Discuss relating punctuation intervals in sentence.

a. Discuss how to relate different punctuation intervals in a sentence, if more than one; there is always at least one punctuation interval.

11. Discuss the role of music in achieving meaning while reading.

12. Discuss the role of proper posture in good reading.

13. Discuss the role of proper lighting in good reading.

14. Homework assignment:

a. Where to self-assess and review the 18 bad reading habits

b. Where to review the first 12 principles of better reading comprehension discussed in this session.

c. Where to read the article on proper reading posture

d. Where to read the article on proper lighting for good reading

e. Practice applying principles learned today to your regular reading.

Second Part of Instruction

1. Discuss with client progress he or she made during individual practice of ideas discussed in first session. Address any problems or difficulties.

2. Discuss goal for this session: to learn what it feels like to read faster than you can talk.

a. Discuss the approach that will be used.

b. Explain proper eye movement.

c. Explain letting go and receiving without control

3. Make sure the client successfully experiences the following:

a. Reading faster than he or she can talk.

b. Turing descriptive words into pictures and movies.

c. Reading by punctuation intervals, without Subvocalization.

d. Learning to recognize words at shorter exposure.

e. Learning to recognize short words with peripheral vision.

4. Homework Assignment

a. Where to review the basic principles of overcoming Subvocalization.

b. How to practice this week, and which movies to watch.


Third Part of Instruction

1. Discuss with client progress made in individual practice of ideas discussed in second session. Address any problems or difficulties.

2. Explain goal of session: To learn how to apply principles learned in last session to reading regular text.

a. Using voice and text at increasing speed.

3. Explain and practice 8 techniques.

4. Assign Homework

a. Where to find the movies and directions.

b. Which ones to watch.

Fourth Part of Instruction

1. Discuss with client progress made in individual practice of ideas discussed in third session. Address any problems or difficulties.

2. Show how to read text with high-speed voice and text (provide paper to keep):

Basic Principle for operating Sound

Setting up VoiceOver

Setting Up VoiceOver Speed

Setting Up Reversed Text

Open Up VoiceOver

Adjust the Size of Letters and Number of Characters on a Line

Turn Sepia On or Off

Adjust Overall Brightness

Rotate the Screen to Vertical

To Add a Bookmark

To Move One Page at a Time

To Go Back or Forward a Number of Pages

To Change Chapters or Look Up Notes You Have Taken

To Add Note or Select and Save Specific Text

To Start Voice Reading from Page to Page

To Pause and Resume Voice

To Move One Page at a Time

To Go Back or Forward a Number of Pages

To Go in iBooks to the Top of Any Specific Page in the Actual Book

3. Show how to convert any document to HTML format. Provide paper to keep.

4. Show how to E-mail document as attachment and then read with voice assist.

5. Describe source of free e-books to read.



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Proportional Reading

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Beverly, MA 01915

Contact Person: John F. Adams

Phone: 978-927-9234