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Rethinking the Way Children are Taught to Read.

Latasha, 7 years old, says, “I’d like to live in some other world.” Learning to read opens the door to that world. PRI gives you the keys to make that possible for struggling readers in our local schools. PRI equips you with knowledge of how the alphabet works, dialect differences, and what motivates kids to read.

PRI starts children on THE READING ROAD, a tutoring program that carries the reader from cat to astronomically, from reading words one at a time to figuring out why people do what they do. Tutors working with PRI learn things about the alphabet they never knew before, and get the satisfaction of turning “I hate to read!” into “I love reading!”

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Service Learning Courses

LING 160 | Introduction to African American and Latino English

An introduction to the use and structure of dialects of English used by the African American and Latino communities in the United States. It is an academically based service learning course. The field work component involves the study of the language and culture of everyday life and the application of this knowledge to programs for raising the reading levels of elementary school children.

LING 161 | The Sociolinguistics of Reading

This course will be concerned with the application of current knowledge of dialect differences to reduce the minority differential in reading achievement. Members will conduct projects and design computer programs to reduce cultural distance between teachers and students in local schools and to develop knowledge of word and sound structure.

Tutoring

Tutoring is also available outside of the classroom to work-study students and anyone who wants to volunteer. Anyone can become a tutor, and after a brief training session, you will have the knowledge to utilize the Reading Road effectively to the benefit of your reader.

Attendance at weekly meetings is a must, so that ideas can be exchanged between you and other tutors to better understand the needs of the students.

The Reading Road is our own instructional program. Its unique design informed by sociolinguistic research has been shown to raise achievement levels of struggling readers in low income schools.

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