ACU reading clinic provides unique summer learning
For immediate release
July 9, 1999
The Reading Clinic at Abilene Christian University is
offering a unique learning opportunity for Abilene area
students this summer. Currently 50 students are
participating in the summer clinic on ACU's campus.
Pat Simpson, director of the clinic, says the purpose of
the reading clinic is to provide focused one-on-one reading
instruction based on diagnostic assessment.
Each summer the clinic helps more than 50 students,
grades 1-12. The summer tutors in the clinic are graduate
students working toward education certification in reading,
special education or school administration. An After School
Reading Clinic continues during the school year with about
20 students per semester, and they are tutored by
undergraduate ACU students specializing in reading.
"The trained tutors can zero in on the kids and what they
need," says Simpson. "The students consistently show marked
improvement during the clinic."
The first thing students do is complete several
assessment tests such as learning styles, word recognition
and comprehension. After the assessment, tutors begin
working with the students on the area(s) in which
improvement is needed. The gaps may be in phonics, phonemic
awareness, comprehension or fluency.
Tutors learn much about reading instruction as they
assess, set goals and deliver instruction. Objective
focused software in the computer lab reinforces the learning
Parents receive a detailed report on testing, instruction
and progress at the end of the clinic, so parents know what
their children are learning and how they are improving.
"The one-on-one coaching system we use with tutor and
student is what sets us apart and makes us so successful,"
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information about this release, please contact Tom Craig,
director of media and community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 915-674-2692.
- Last update: July 9, 1999
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