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Reading Skills Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does the Reading Skills for Adults program work?
What platform and system requirements are required for using the Reading Skills stories?
What are other requirements?
What internet browser and internet connection are required?
What screen resolution is required?
Can I fill out the pre-reading and writing assignments on-line.
How do I time the stories?

Are all 3 readings sound files the same for each story?
If I am at the third reading, can I go back to the first reading?
Can I print any page?



 
How does the Reading Skills for Adults program work?
Each story has 7 pages
 

Pre-reading:  Students answer questions about the topic of the story and read definitions of words that are used in the story

 

First Timed Reading:  Students read as much of the story as they can in one minute.  They will mark how many words they read.

 

First Reading:  Students read out loud while the story is read to them.

 

Second Reading:  Students read out loud while the story is read to them. 

 

Third  Reading:  Students read out loud while the story is read to them.

 

Understanding and Writing:  Students answer comprehension questions and write a paragraph about some aspect of the story.

 

Final Timed Reading:  Students read the story to a teacher who is listening for fluency and noting any errors while being timed for one minute.  Students mark on their graphs how many WCPM (Words Correct Per Minute) were read.

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What platform and system requirements are required for using the Reading Skills stories?
Reading Skills can be used with both Mac and PC platforms.  They will work with virtually any operating system on either platform.  For the PC, a Pentium class processor with 128 MB of RAM is recommended.  For the Mac, a G3 processor or higher with 128 MB if RAM is recommended.

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What are other requirements?
To hear the sound files, you computer must have either Windows Media Player or QuickTime.  It is recommended that PC users use Windows Media Player 9 or 10 and Macintosh users use QuickTime 6 or 7. 
QuickTime is a free program available here:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html
Windows Media Player is a free program available here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx?displang=en&qstechnology=

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What internet browser and internet connection are required?
The Reading Skills stories have been optimized for Internet Explorer but will work with any browser that is capable of playing streaming audio.  A broadband internet connection is highly recommended.  Dial-up connections will work but will be very slow when downloading the sound files.  The results may not be acceptable.

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What screen resolution is required?
Reading Skills pages require a minimum of 800 x 600 screen size.  If you use a higher screen resolution like 1024 x 768, you will be able to see more content on each page.  If you use a higher resolution, when you open a story,   you can click on the maximize box to enlarge the window. 

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Can I fill out the pre-reading and writing assignments on-line.
At this point in the project, you cannot fill out the writing assignments on-line.  You will be required to print those pages and answer the questions by hand.

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How do I time the stories?
The stories can be timed with a mechanical timer or they can timed with a timer on your computer.  A good timer which you can download free on the Internet is called Minute Timer and is available at the link below.  You can download the timer, install it, and use it for the 1-minute timings.  At the end of one minute, a pop-up window appears on the screen telling you that your time has expired.
http://www.pc-tools.net/win32/mintimer/

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Are all 3 reading sound files the same for each story?
In the first group of stories (Levels 1 - 4.5), the sound files for each story are read at different speeds.  The first story is the slowest reading.  The second story increases the reading by around 10 percent over the first reading.  And the 3rd reading increases the reading by another 10 percent.   

In the second group (Levels 5-8), all three reading sound files for each story are at the same speed.

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If I am at the third reading, can I go back to the first reading?
You can always go back to a previous page by pressing the Backspace key on the keyboard,

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Can I print any page?
You can print any page by choosing Print from the File menu or by pressing CTRL-P.

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