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by john walker
Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A different conference
Replies: 34
Views: 9593

Re: A different conference

I had a look too, Debbie. Seems that because some people either want to marry Rosen or to make him prime minister, it's all gone to his head and he thinks he can pontificate on anything. It's funny how many people can't see that Rosen is far from neutral on this subject. He has always been a whole l...
by john walker
Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A different conference
Replies: 34
Views: 9593

Re: A different conference

I've just watched it, too. There is a simple answer to him, Vicki. It's just, 'Drop the crap!'
by john walker
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guardian: literacy 'experts' plead for test u-turn
Replies: 11
Views: 2466

Re: Guardian: literacy 'experts' plead for test u-turn

Jac writes Certainly a great post from equus (hmm wonder who that is?) . Well, Equus is certainly a woman: http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/5396252. She has also been an active member of a group which campaigned for years for the introduction of systematic, explicit phonics ins...
by john walker
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Warning over Government's 'dull' reading lessons
Replies: 5
Views: 1452

Re: Warning over Government's 'dull' reading lessons

Talking of unscientific tosh, you may have posted this before, Susan, but, in case you didn't, on the subject of learning styles, just over eleven years ago a piece was posted on the Onion: http://www.theonion.com/articles/parents-of-nasal-learners-demand-odorbased-curricu,396/. It reported a demand...
by john walker
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nursery World: Big Issue: Synthetic phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 1478

Re: Nursery World: Big Issue: Synthetic phonics

I've just been reading through the 'Reading for life, not for tests' thread at Nursery World and I just want to say is a big Well done, Debbie Hepplewhite! Good for you for entering a debate which is so loaded against what we are trying very hard to get people to understand. And, yes, like you, I wo...
by john walker
Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is a phoneme?
Replies: 22
Views: 3690

Re: What is a phoneme?

Derrie said:
if the inspectors really understand the teaching of phonics
:lol: :lol: :lol: I laugh, Derrie!
by john walker
Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is a phoneme?
Replies: 22
Views: 3690

Re: What is a phoneme?

I agree with Jenny's general drift on this. Most inventories of the English sound system and the exemplars used in words to elucidate those sounds, haven't been adjusted for, in many cases, over forty years. The implication of this is that, while the accents of the language are shifting - the Queen'...
by john walker
Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is a phoneme?
Replies: 22
Views: 3690

Re: What is a phoneme?

According to Peter Roach, long regarded as an authority on this area ( English Phonetics and Phonology , CUP), triphthongs are 'the most complex of English vowel sounds. They can be rather difficult to pronounce, and very difficult to recognise. A triphthong is a glide from one vowel to another and ...
by john walker
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jelly and Bean
Replies: 8
Views: 1908

Jelly and Bean

On one of our Sounds-Write trainings the other day, we were discussing readers for YR/Y1. One of the YR teachers (of many years experience) on the course somewhat shyly announced that, some years ago, she had got her school to invest in Jelly and Bean. With some encouragement to say what she thought...
by john walker
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon
Replies: 21
Views: 4053

Re: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon

Thanks for the info, Elizabeth. Wasn't Beard an advocate of onset and rime about ten years ago?
by john walker
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon
Replies: 21
Views: 4053

Re: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon

Hi Derrie, The Davids can always do battle with the Goliaths. The history of innovation and enterprise is littered with the bodies of dead champions (of the Philistine variety, of course). But, your point about a letter to an MP actually reaches to the heart of the matter. Everyone who can read and ...
by john walker
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon
Replies: 21
Views: 4053

Re: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon

This thread probably isn't the best place for this discussion to continue but, until someone starts a new one, I want to take up one of Debbie's points. She says: I regarded that particular development as very important and a really good thing. For the big publishers to make the move to acquire/prod...
by john walker
Fri May 27, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon
Replies: 21
Views: 4053

Re: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon

Here's the latest from the Eastern Socialist Parties of Oceania (sorry Orwell) or ESPO for short. They have amended one of the criteria for the tendering process: All products offered which are assessed as meeting the criteria* will be included in the new phonics catalogue, subject to the provisions...
by john walker
Fri May 27, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New pro-SP book for trainee teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 966

Re: New pro-SP book for trainee teachers

I hope they've filled in the self-evaluation or the Ministry might recommend them for re-education. Room 101?
by john walker
Fri May 27, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon
Replies: 21
Views: 4053

Re: Read Write Inc. 'Phonics tutoring kit' coming soon

There's no guarantee that, having satisfied the DfE's criteria, any provider will be accepted by ESPO. I am told by one of the people attending a meeting arranged by ESPO in Leicester yesterday that civil servants from the DfE had no idea that six of the nine providers on the DfE's list so far are a...