A role for rote

The greatest take away from my experiences in Taiwan was ESL students’ capacity to retain sight words. I seriously spent a good 11 years teaching sight words in the Sesame Street Language School system and children as young as Year 1 had nailed sight words and reading at a Year 4 standard in Australia, and that’s English in a second language. I guess being taught phonics in a model and drill environment has enabled to strong capacity to retain information. In contrast, in Australia, where a rote learning style is uncommon, children really do struggle with retaining sight words. Gabrielle  posted an interesting sight word page, webtothecore that help students retain important words for reading.

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