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4 Approaches to Comprehension Instruction for Students with Literacy Problems at the High School Level

This paper describes four approaches to comprehension instruction at secondary school level, the Reading Laboratory/Behaviourist Method, the Sociolinguistic Approach, the Cognitive Model and the mental Imagery Approach. The value of a model that involves cognition, image generation and active teacher intervention is then emphasised, with particular reference to Bell’s Visualising and Verbalising for Language Comprehension and Thinking Program (V/V, Bell, 1986). The nature of the V/V program is outlined, as well as the results of an informal in school evaluation of the effects for poor readers of the V/V program in comparison to the SRA Reading Laboratory program, Peer Tutoring and the regular school program.

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