The Link between Fluency & Comprehension


We all know a fluent reader when we hear one. They read with accuracy, expression, and ease. And comprehension? It’s obvious they “get” what they’re reading.

The reason fluent readers comprehend what they’re reading is because they’re fluent. Fluency is the key to comprehension.

Many parents want their children to improve their reading comprehension. But how to accomplish that is often misunderstood.

The best way to improve reading comprehension is not to focus on comprehension; it’s to focus on fluency.

Let me explain.

Imagine you’re driving to work on a Sunday on an open highway. You’re on cruise control and there’s no traffic. How much emotional and intellectual energy are you putting into driving? Very little, right? If you wanted you could be thinking about a million other things, talking on the phone, enjoying the scenery, or listening to music.

Now imagine you’re lost in a strange city with no GPS and the traffic is ridiculous. Are you listening to music or schmoozing on the phone? No way! You have to focus on driving. You can’t take in the scenery.

Non-fluent readers are so preoccupied with deciphering words that there’s no intellectual energy left for comprehension.

You can see this when you read with a non-fluent reader. They struggle to get to the end of the sentence, sometimes pleased with themselves that they finally pronounced the words correctly. But then you ask them, “What did that mean?” And they’re clueless.

It’s not enough to be able to pronounce words correctly. Comprehension requires that your child be able to read effortlessly.

The problem with many young readers is that they spend so much energy thinking about how to read that they don’t have spare energy to think about what they’re reading.

A child with impaired fluency is like an actor who doesn’t know their lines. As long as they’re thinking about the words, the meaning doesn’t come through.

And that’s why improving fluency leads to improved comprehension. Before your child can find the meaning of the words, the words themselves have to be easy to read.

So that raises the question: what’s the best way to improve fluency?

Decades of neuroscience research shows (and scores of educational research confirms) that the key to improving fluency is guided repeated reading.

Guided repeated reading means reading the same passage multiple times with someone who listens and corrects—ideally 5 times/week.

Having your child do guided repeated reading seems simple at first. But when you realize that it requires 1-on-1 attention, the obstacles become apparent.

This is where speech recognition technology comes in.

Reading Buddy Software’s advanced speech recognition technology listens, responds, and teaches as your child reads. It’s like having a tutor in your computer.

Here’s how it works.

First, advanced human-calibrated Responsive Speech Recognition (RSR) technology inside Reading Buddy Software monitors and diagnoses your child as he reads.

When your child struggles with a word, the Fluency Scoring Radar (FSR), a patented pronunciation assessment engine, triggers a visual cue that focuses your child on the problem word and encourages them to self-correct.

If your child does not self-correct, the Fluency Scoring Radar alerts the Pronunciation Database to pronounce the word and teach your child how to read it.

After your child reads the word correctly and demonstrates fluency, he continues reading further in the passage.

This is the new standard in reading support—kid-friendly interactive technology, all based on the latest scientific and educational research.

Children who use Reading Buddy Software dramatically improve their fluency, which, as explained above, leads to dramatic improvements in comprehension.

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