4.1 The Challenges of Word-Level Reading

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 
    • Describe the difference between word identification and word recognition
    • Identify the challenges involved in developing word-level reading


Watch the session below. 

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Word identification and word recognition can be distinguished from one another
  • Word recognition assumes  you already know a word while word identification does not presume that
  • Skilled readers have a large pool of know words they draw from when they read, known as a sight-word vocabulary or orthographic lexicon

Reflect & Connect

Consider ways you and the others have tried to get students to remember the words they read. How well have those efforts worked? Did they work better with some students than others?