Oral Reading Troubleshooting Checklist

  • Use a headset microphone (excessive background noise will have a negative effect on the accuracy of transcription)
  • Ensure students are adequately spaced in the classroom (especially when doing Read Seed as a whole class)
  • Begin reading as soon as the text appears (students who are speaking to others when the task begins will receive poor quality transcription)
  • The first word is important (students should do their best to speak the first word in the text clearly)
  • Avoid coaching during oral reading (it is better to advise students to skip words they are unable to decode after a second or two of trying)
  • Pronounce each word fully (it is important to read naturally, reading too quickly in order to increase WPM will affect the quality of transcription)
  • Avoid “drawing out” the pronunciation of words (it is a common feature of emergent readers to draw out the pronunciation of one word while they attempt to decode the next, this will have an adverse effect on the quality of transcription and result in a higher percentage of mismatches)
  • Monitor accuracy scores (students who score significantly below average in terms of accuracy may require special attention or additional advice about how to do the activity correctly)
  • Manually score the reading of students with known speech issues (Read Seed’s AI can cope with a range of standard accents but may struggle with students who systematically mispronounce particular phonemes)
  • Remain quiet after reading (if a student completes the entire reading within the time permitted, they should remain quiet as extra input to the microphone may affect the quality of transcription)