The importance of reading and language has been portrayed to be limited to Arts subjects like English and Psychology. But students who are not competent in reading struggle with almost every other subject in their curriculum. Bad or underdeveloped reading skills impact the overall performance of the students. There is a direct correlation between reading and excellence in subjects like maths, coding, science, social studies, etc.
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As the students get promoted to higher classes, the mathematical problems become more instructional or 'wordier' and demand thorough reading, comprehension, and critical thinking. Solving such problems with no proper understanding of what the question demands can impact the student's performance in the subject.
In recent studies, it has been stated that no skill stands at par with language aptitude when it comes to the relevant skills required for coding. Even mathematics which is believed to be the most essential requirement for coding is almost irrelevant when compared to linguistic comprehension.
The graph above represents the outcome of an experiment which illustrates that to determine the learning rate, programming accuracy, higher-level coding knowledge, and average utility of a programming language, linguistic or language aptitude holds the maximum weightage whereas numeracy and other overrated skills hold low to no relevance, clearly depicting the important language in the fields of coding and programming.
In simple words, the graph depicts how language is the most important skill required for coding, even more than maths.
Subjects like physics, chemistry and biology are powered by extensive terminology and nomenclature which requires a strong vocabulary, reading, and comprehension skills.
Under the umbrella of this curriculum are subjects such as history, geography, political science, etc. Students study topics that constantly present to them a new set of jargon and vocabulary. Weak reading and language skills make these subjects seem difficult and tiresome to understand.
Economics is a mix of terms, facts, theories, and numerical which require appropriate, skilled reading and linguistic knowledge, to interpret as well as convey. If wrongly interpreted, it becomes very confusing and arduous.
The number of students who fail to read proficiently as per their age and grade is worrisome and needs to be looked into. And the potential reading and language hold to impact students' other curricular subjects and academics is great and needs to be harnessed at an early age.
One of the best solutions we found for improving children’s language and reading at an early age is fREADom.
fREADom is India's first comprehensive learning platform that aims at enhancing the English reading, speaking, and conversation skills of children between the age groups of 3 to 12. Their content and method of teaching have helped in improving the academic performance of many primary school students by 30%.
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