Auburn University College of Education summer reading program for K-2 begins in June

AUBURN – The Auburn University Summer Reading Program will provide personalized instruction beginning in June for elementary school students who have encountered difficulty developing reading skills through regular class instruction.

The program, now in its 15th year, is open to children in grades K-2. Beginning readers will receive individualized tutoring from junior and senior elementary education majors in Auburn University’s College of Education.

The program features teaching in phoneme awareness, phonics, spelling and writing. Children read at least two books or chapters in each session, write a message on a topic of their choice and play learning games. Tutors will work to develop decoding skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and enjoyment of reading based on each child’s assessed needs.

“Our tutors assess to find out where reading is breaking down, and they design instruction to help children move ahead,” said program coordinator Bruce Murray, an associate professor of reading education in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching. “Children like the one-on-one help, and they make good progress.”

There are daily assessments to check children’s progress during the sessions and a post test in the final session. Parents will receive a literacy report at the end of the program detailing assessment results with recommendations for making continued progress.

Students will meet with their tutors 12 times in June and July for 45-minute sessions twice a week, either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most sessions are scheduled at 8 a.m. in Haley Center.

Tuition for the Summer Reading Program is $80. For more information, contact Murray at (334) 844-6934 or ( or go to the program’s website at

(Written by Troy Johnson.)

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