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Saturday, May 22 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Building Reading Skills From the Bottom Up

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Building strong reading skills involves many different elements. One often overlooked element in second language reading instruction is building strong bottom-up reading processes. Bottom-up reading processes begin with the smallest units of language and build up from there: phonemic awareness, blending of sounds, sound/symbol knowledge, decoding skills, and sight word recognition. These processes are often classified as part of phonics instruction. To help readers be successful, the explicit instruction of bottom-up processes is essential.
This session will introduce teachers to the rationale for explicit instruction in bottom-up reading processes. We will introduce you to a systematic approach for teaching these processes and provide an interactive tool for learning this approach. We will also share tips for classroom instruction that will support the explicit teaching of bottom-up reading processes.

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Neil Anderson

Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language Teaching and Learning, Brigham Young University–Hawaii
Neil J Anderson is a Professor of English Language Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Brigham Young University–Hawaii. Professor Anderson is the author or co-editor of over 50 books, book chapters, and journal articles. His research interests include... Read More →
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Aysara Otarova

Director of International Engagement, Reading Horizons
Aysara Otarova has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English. She has experience studying English linguistics, teaching English as a Foreign language, and developing English learning curriculum. Aysara also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State... Read More →


Saturday May 22, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
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