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by Dave Philpot
Fri Apr 09, 2004 7:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

Hi Maizie! Re: traditional phonics. I suppose I use the term in order to distinguish between programmes such as Sounds~Write and ** and other 'phonic' programmes where the teaching ideas seem to be to focused in the direction of graphemes to speech, rather than the other way round. So Jolly Phonics ...
by Dave Philpot
Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: a word marking system
Replies: 6
Views: 4160

Hi Bob!

The postmaster tells me that the address bettstevet@aol.com has permanent fatal errors. Steve can contact me via

davidphilpot@sounds-write.co.uk

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by Dave Philpot
Wed Apr 07, 2004 9:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

quipg. Re **. I think Geoffrey McG's claim that it is not phonic was basically an attempt to distance PG from traditional phonic programmes, which in my opinion (and probably his) are not necessarily very phonic. We had the same problem with Sounds~Write, but in the end felt that as S~W is phonic we...
by Dave Philpot
Wed Apr 07, 2004 9:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

Hi Jenny! During my first 25 years as an ed psych I have lost count of the number of pupils I have watched fail to become literate despite seeing some excellent and knowledgeable teachers teaching them carefully constructed traditional phonic programmes. And it has always been self evident to me tha...
by Dave Philpot
Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

Hi Lesley! It's really not easy to answer your queries without re-writing the bulk of the Sounds~Write Manual, because the devil is in the detail and we have produced very detailed lesson plans (but hopefully easy to follow). For example, there are issues over the language that we encourage teachers...
by Dave Philpot
Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

Hi Susan! My understanding of synthetic phonics is that its basis is to teach the 43+ phonemes of English by their main spellings together with some alternative spellings. Linguistic phonics teaches the 43+ phonemes with their main spellings and a further 130~135 common spellings' ie the complete co...
by Dave Philpot
Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: a word marking system
Replies: 6
Views: 4160

Hi Bob. What you're doing is quite straightforward, but complex given 19 different vowel sounds in English. If I remember rightly the Vietnamese use 7 diacritic marks to modify each of their consonants with one of the seven vowel sounds in the language - thereby creating a written language where eac...
by Dave Philpot
Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The 'global' method.
Replies: 4
Views: 3618

It's not just France we should worry about. Due to the UK having the first universal education system, educators have come from all over the world in the past to see how we teach reading here and then copied an eclectic mix of traditional phonics and sight vocabulary back in their own countries. I d...
by Dave Philpot
Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: a word marking system
Replies: 6
Views: 4160

It's sad to see so much hard, well intentioned work going in the wrong direction. If we want to make English as easy as possible to read we only need to invent a further 17 letter symbols and use each of the (now) 43 symbols to uniquely represent one English phoneme. Alternatively we could create 17...
by Dave Philpot
Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

Hi Debbie! Wrote a long reply last night but it disappeared when I tried to preview it!! Am now going to try again, but this time will submit it without looking for spelling and grammatical errors on preview. Over the last six years I have given over 125 talks locally on why the NLS doesn't teach ch...
by Dave Philpot
Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

To add a little to my previous comment, it is worth noting that the Hungarian system has flexibility unheard of in the UK! Developmentally advanced five year-olds, following careful discussion are allowed to enter school a year early, whilst developmentally 'slow' youngsters are allowed to stay in t...
by Dave Philpot
Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Floating idea for Reception/Early Years
Replies: 20
Views: 11580

No merit that I can think of. But a lot of merit in the Hungarian system where children attend Early Years programmes from three to six with a curriculum focused on language development, motor skills development and social interaction skills. Literacy, apart from the oral skills of segmenting and bl...
by Dave Philpot
Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia
Replies: 3
Views: 3886

It is teaching letters in isolation, ie as in teaching the alphabet, that is mainly responsible for p b d confusions etc. For most children, if not all, letters are the first 'objects' they encounter in life that do not obey all the rules governing object permanence. Real objects that children are f...
by Dave Philpot
Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Standardised Reading Tests
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Unfortunately almost all standardised reading tests are based on a sight vocabulary approach, ie no attempt is made to distinguish between sight recognition and genuine decoding. The best (worst?) example of the results of this that I have come across was a young man of 11.3 who scored a reading age...