Proper training of language and reading skills
Language and reading skills training takes a prominent place in the curriculum of primary, secondary and special education as well as in senior secondary vocational (mbo) and higher professional (hbo) education. Pupils’ test results are considered highly important in this process. Nevertheless, there is cause for concern. International comparative studies (PIRLS) indicate that the Netherlands does not live up to expectations in all respects. Training of language and reading skills is dominated by methods promoted by educational publishers, but little information is available about the actual learning effect of these methods. Are we doing the right things when it comes to training language and reading skills? In fact, what exactly is proper training of language and reading skills?