Aims refer to the widest level. Aims are general statements
that provide direction or intent to educational action. Aims are
usually written in amorphous
terms using words like: learn, know, understand, appreciate, and these are not directly measurable. Aims often are not measurable.
Goals are more narrow and often specific. Goals are statements of educational intention which are more specific than aims. Goals too may encompass an entire program, subject area, or multiple grade levels.
Objectives refer to specific gains / behaviours. Objectives are usually specific statements of educational intention which delineate either general or specific outcomes.
Remember objectives and goals have to be SMART
We need aims, objectives and goals for the reading program and aims, objectives and goals for the learners.
The aims of an ER program should be framed in such a way as to develop the person as a reader. E.g.
|The aim of this program is to instill a life-long second language reading habit in the learner.|
A goal might be
|To develop the ability to guess new words from context|
|To have enough reading confidence to tackle a level 5 book by the start of November.|
An objective might be
|To have read 500 pages by the end of the semester|
|To complete the reading reports|
|By the end of the year, the learner should be able to successfully guess a new word from context 75% of the time.|
|To be able to read a level 4 book at 100 wpm by the end of the semester.|