automaticity · Indiana training institutions · Systematic phonics daily

Is the teaching of reading any better in the States?

Is the teaching of reading and spelling any better in the United States? Not apparently in Indiana. This report makes depressing reading (Thanks to Nurture A Reader for the link to the report). Yet, what the report makes clear is that turning the situation around is perfectly straighforward: teach systematic phonics from the start on… Continue reading Is the teaching of reading any better in the States?

can't read · Harriet Sergeant · MailOnline · Sounds-Write

‘It’s enough to make you weep’ says Harriet Sergeant .

Did you read Harriet Sergeant’s piece in the MailOnline? It asks why bright children from poor families aren’t making it to universities. The problem, she says, begins in the primary schools, ‘where children from poor backgrounds are no longer learning to read’.Leaving aside the fact that it isn’t just children from poor backgrounds who are… Continue reading ‘It’s enough to make you weep’ says Harriet Sergeant .

Letters and Sounds · Rose Review of Early Reading

What is to be done?

In the preceding blog postings, I have tried to focus attention on what are fairly straightforward ideas:1) First, human beings invented speech and language.2) Later on, for a variety of practical reasons, writing was invented as a means of consistently and accurately recording speech/language.3) Various approaches to developing accurate writing systems were tried but the… Continue reading What is to be done?

alphabet · Bright · Daniels · spelling · Writing systems

Written and spoken language

As Usha Goswami made clear (see my post ‘Research on reading‘) written language is a representation of spoken language. In other words, written language was invented to stand for the sounds in speech. Wherever you go in the world, humans speak and listen. However, not all societies possess writing: they simply don’t have writing systems… Continue reading Written and spoken language