Efficacy and Efficiency of Sight-Word Versus Sight-Phrase Interventions

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 4: Assessment and Intervention in an RTI Framework

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how to conduct and implement a tablet-based sight-phrase intervention for struggling readers.
  2. compare the effects of a sight-word intervention with a sight-phrase intervention on word acquisition.
  3. determine whether sight-word interventions or sight-phrase interventions are more efficient within the classroom.


Few studies have implemented interventions aimed at increasing sight-phrase fluency. This study examined whether students using a tablet-based sight-phrase intervention could acquire words at the same rate as when completing a sight-word intervention. We also examined whether sight-phrase or sight-word interventions were more efficient for classroom use. Participants will learn how to implement their own sight-phrase fluency intervention using tablet-based technology and the implications of teaching unknown words within phrases instead of in isolation.



Kathleen B. Aspiranti, University of Kentucky
Angela N. Hilton-Prillhart, Milligan University


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