26 Strategies to Help Learners Improve Their Reading Fluency

Are you looking for strategies to help students improve their reading fluency? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the student a dictionary and require them to find the definitions of those words they did not recognize.

2. Get the student to keep a list with definitions of those words they most regularly fail to recognize in various contexts.

3. Give the student a quiet space (e.g., carrel, study booth, etc.) where they may go to take part in reading learning activities .

4. Get the student to read aloud to the teacher each day. Give evaluative feedback.

5. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to hurry and fail to recognize words in a particular context.

6. Find words the student does not recognize in various contexts and put these words on flash cards. Get the student to match these words to the same words in sentences, paragraphs, short stories, etc.

7. Create a reading “window” for the student. The student moves the reading “window” down and across the page as they read.

8. Refrain from placing the student in awkward reading skills (e.g., reading aloud in a group, identifying that the student’s reading group is the lowest level, etc.).

9. Minimize the amount of information on a page if it is causing visual distractions for the student.

10. Make sure the student is reading content on their capacity and ability level.

11. Give the student large-print reading content to enable the student’s success in recognizing words in various contexts.

12. Record complicated reading content for the student to listen to as they read along.

13. Make the student read a selection each day that includes the vocabulary presently being studied.

14. Get the student to read short sentences to make it easier to recognize words in various contexts. As the student shows success, present longer sentences.

15. Compose paragraphs and short stories using those words the student most regularly fails to recognize in various contexts. The paragraphs that you use should be of interest to the student using their name, family members, friends, pets, and exciting experiences.

16. Utilize a lower grade-level text as alternative reading content in subject areas.

17. Minimize distracting stimuli in their surroundings to enable the student’s capacity and ability to concentrate on what they are reading (e.g., place the student on the front row, Give a table or “office” space away from distractions). This should be used as a way to lessen distractions, not as a punishment.

18. Get the student to list those words they most regularly fail to identify into groups such as people, places, food, animals etc., to help the student know those words in various contexts.

19. Compose notes and letters to the student to give reading content that includes words the student regularly has difficulty with.

20. Utilize daily drill learning activities to help the student memorize vocabulary words.

21. Teach the student to use context clues to find words not grasped.

22. Spotlight those words the student most regularly fails to recognize in various contexts.

23. Spotlight those words in reading content the student is unable to recognize. Get the student to find those words as they read them.

24. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

26. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

26. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:

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