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Blog Posts from Dr. Bruce Taylor

Dr. Bruce Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education in UNC Charlotte's College of Education. Dr. Taylor has years of experience in education and tutoring. In addition to his role as a professor, Dr. Taylor serves as the Director of the Center for Adolescent Literacy at UNC Charlotte and works closely with its ReadWriteServe program that conducts tutoring and community-based literacy initiatives. Dr. Taylor is also one of Tan Kap Vini's faculty advisors and works directly with our tutoring program. In the following blog posts, Dr. Taylor provides some important tips on tutoring.

September 22, 2017

In the last post, we looked at some activities to build words that tutors can use with learners who need some help with letters, sounds, sound patterns and how they go together to make words. In this post, we’ll look at another activity that teaches these building bloc...

September 22, 2017

Emergent readers and struggling readers often need some practice with the building blocks of language–letters, the sounds they make when we put them together in print, and the words they make. While the larger goal of reading is comprehension, readers need to know how...

December 20, 2016

English is a word lovers dream! Linguists believe English has the largest vocabulary of the 6,000 languages on Earth. On June 10, 2009 the Global Language Monitor noted that English language passed the million word threshold (the millionth word was Web 2.0 according to...

December 5, 2016

Learning to read is not unlike learning to play an instrument. Both require time, materials, and instruction. As for time, we know that for both early experiences matter–for readers early experiences with books that come from adult read aloud from an early age and for...

November 17, 2016

In this post, we look at literacy tutoring through the lens of two metaphors. The first metaphor suggests that reading is like a mathematical equation in which the whole of reading is the sum of its parts. The second uses a cooking metaphor to describe the relationship...

October 27, 2016

This is the third and final post about helping tutors get tutoring off to a good start with new students (learners). In parts one and two, we looked at creating a plan for the first session or two to help establish trust, set expectations, assess initial needs, and ask...

October 26, 2016

This is the second of a three-part series of posts to help tutors get tutoring off to a good start with new students (learners). In part one, we looked at creating a plan for the first session or two to help establish trust and set expectations for future tutoring sess...

October 25, 2016

This is the first of a three-part series of posts to help tutors get tutoring off to a good start with new students (learners). In part one, we look at creating a plan for the first session or two to help establish trust and set expectations for future tutoring session...

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