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by chew8
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic and analytic phonics
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Synthetic and analytic phonics

Prof. Rhona Johnston, the lead researcher in the Clackmannanshire studies, has done a re-analysis of data included in two existing meta-analyses and has shown problems with them or with the way they have been interpreted. She has given this to the RRF: http://rrf.org.uk/2018/06/17/examining-the-evid...
by chew8
Tue May 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EEF study on GraphoGame Rime
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Views: 110

EEF study on GraphoGame Rime

This is interesting: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/GraphoGame_Rime.pdf See also this 2014 RRF thread, where Susan Godsland flagged up this study and various reservations were expressed about onset-rime theories: http://www.rrf.org.uk/messageforu...
by chew8
Mon May 14, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New articles on morphology
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Re: New articles on morphology

It seems to me that Bowers and Bowers don’t reckon with the fact that real beginners know few if any letters, and recognise few if any words in their written form. Children really do need to start at the very beginning, and the examples that B. and B. give (‘do’- ’does’, ‘act’- ’action’- ’react’, ‘s...
by chew8
Thu May 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New articles on morphology
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

New articles on morphology

Here are two new articles on morphology: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1747021818759477 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1747021818775053 I wrote to Jeff Bowers (Bristol) just over a year ago after reading another Bowers and Bowers article. I said that although I was very ...
by chew8
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I don't think it's a matter of children ALWAYS being dependent on a third party if they are taught analytic phonics - they obviously do need to get to the point of being able to work words out independently in due course. It's just that it's not clear how they manage it if they are not taught that w...
by chew8
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

I, too, have always been in favour of incidental phonics teaching as well as planned systematic teaching. The drip-feeding of high-frequency ‘tricky’ words can lend itself to this, particularly if the teaching stresses the parts of these words which do and do not fit in with the phonics taught to da...
by chew8
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Here’s another chapter from the recent Clark book which has been made available for free: http://backseatlinguist.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/McQuillan-Synthetic-Phonics-2018a.pdf ...and a press release about it: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3735767 I made some comments about the McQuill...
by chew8
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Just to clarify: what I wrote was ‘I agree, in principle, that “we should stick to research evidence”’. I also accept, though, that other considerations come into it in practice . I myself can’t ignore the fact that my contemporaries and I were taught good phonics as young children, with no guessing...
by chew8
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thanks, Maizie. Three comments: 1. I agree about the teaching of blends (e.g. ‘br’, ‘bl’). The Clark books have been produced in the context of synthetic phonics (s.p.) developments in Scotland and England. Krashen and others need to look at relevant s.p. programmes rather than making assumptions ba...
by chew8
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thanks, Elizabeth. It’s great that Krashen has made it possible for people to read his chapter without needing to buy the book. If any others have the time to read Becoming a Nation of Readers , I would be interested to hear whether they think, as I do, that taken as a whole it does not support the ...
by chew8
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Still more thoughts.... Stephen Krashen’s chapter in the new Clark book distinguishes between ‘intensive phonics’ and ‘basic phonics’. He says that ‘Basic phonics appears to have some use, but there are good reasons why intensive phonics is not the way to improve reading’. He illustrates ‘basic phon...
by chew8
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

My last post was mainly about the problems that the Machin et al. study has caused by classifying something as synthetic phonics (s.p.) which was not Clackmannanshire-style s.p. I want to make it clear that in spite of those problems, I don’t regard Machin et al. as ‘phonics detractors’. In fact, th...
by chew8
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

More thoughts.... The fact that neither Glazzard nor Krashen mentioned the 2018 Torgerson et al. tertiary review made me wonder if any contributor other than Clark mentioned it. I found that only Jeff McQuillan did, but rather in passing, as his main focus is the 2016 Machin et al. study. I commente...
by chew8
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5044

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

This thread has apparently been at least partly responsible for the appearance of another book edited by Margaret Clark. In Chapter 1 she writes that ‘A negative tone is now appearing in a few reviews in England and being widely circulated on the Reading Reform Foundation Discussion Forum stimulated...
by chew8
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Another attack on synthetic phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 899

Re: Another attack on synthetic phonics

Warwick Mansell is just one of many people who are very critical of Nick Gibb. They could do with realising that what Gibb and the Conservatives have done is to put some extra weight behind initiatives originally introduced by a Labour government – e.g. the Rose review (2006) and Letters and Sounds ...