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by bwking
Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Literacy
Replies: 21
Views: 2838

Thanks, Dick, for spelling out the point I was making. If you look positively at a scene of millions of well-fed and -housed little humans primed by nature to take in any information that will enable their survival and progress and all but a few talking as they're programmed to, then such fictional ...
by bwking
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching Terms
Replies: 35
Views: 4792

I would just put in my non-practitioner's pennorth: are you underestimating the ability of the average, talking infant to connect long and short vowels etc. with the sounds it is using every day? Ok, there are a few who don't talk, or who talk minimally, but surely the great majority of little human...
by bwking
Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5223

Sorry, folks, I managed to add on a superfluous 'h' to 'schwa'. Call it enthusiasm!

Brian
by bwking
Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's the history of the 'schwa' ?
Replies: 41
Views: 5223

I'll second that, Dick. With my preoccupation with clarity and logic you wouldn't expect me to forego this opportunity to repeat my message, especially for the benefit of those teaching littlies their first inklings of good pronunciation. The schwah is a very serviceable device for maintaining fluen...
by bwking
Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: re-designed website.
Replies: 12
Views: 2351

I do like the streamlined look and functioning of the new set-up, but: I lost my usual bookmark for the site, and waited like a fool for two days for it to sort itself. Let me tell anybody else who has had this problem (should you somehow get to revisit the site), you have to set up another bookmark...
by bwking
Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Adult Literacy: a huge waste all around...
Replies: 20
Views: 3624

I don't recall much, if any, discussion of literacy teaching methods in the FE section of the TES over the years I've taken it. The main focus has been on getting more £millions into LEA budgets, tout pur. Is the present Synthetic Phonics primary bandwagon ever going to visit the comrades of Further...
by bwking
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES Sound basis for beginner readers?
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Good stuff, Geraldine.

The pressure is obviously on the TES editorship to allow at least some glimpses of of the progress that is being made in schools outside the orbit of the philanthropic professors.

Brian
by bwking
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Best Remedial Products
Replies: 33
Views: 3651

I have been thinking about this possible litigation. A prime cause of litigation is the breaking of a contract, by, say, the failure to operate to agreed standards - such as those sketched at least in the Rose Report as being the latest and most informed parliament-backed recommendations for good ed...
by bwking
Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: When is Reading Instruction "Finished"?
Replies: 51
Views: 4744

Especially when 'special needs' can now extend, since the recent intrusion of a yankee movement (according to this week's TES), to bottle feeding and generally re-infantilising underperforming primary kids over here, to somehow reinsert the parent-child bond and assurance. Surely, the thing should b...
by bwking
Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Maximally-Useless Research Article
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Yes, that layer of pseudo-academic polysyllabic rubbish soon gave way to the need to come to premature, progressive conclusions to the 'research'!

Brian
by bwking
Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: YouTube - 9 month old reader???
Replies: 4
Views: 898

I can only say, it reminds me of experiments with chimpanzees like Washoe(?) in the States, where the animals were taught to respond to symbols by pointing to (the correct) objects. The symbols in this case, in the absence of contrary evidence, were of course WHOLE WORDS heard as probably meaningles...
by bwking
Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Australian reading concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

'there is insufficient evidence available' for a verdict on how teacher training can best advance (my paraphrase). Well, why don't they just look at the schools where real literacy is being given to littlies, year after, for a start? And then ask where their teachers acquired this elementary skill, ...
by bwking
Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2784

I got 'system object' too, but what is more worrying I got it with an earlier unconnected link in another message. Is it anything to do with THIS site, I wonder in my profound ignorance?

Brian
by bwking
Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Shareware: free bank of decodable sentences and stories?
Replies: 24
Views: 3359

No, I was right: Mr H was threatening to move on to other things, on the 15th February.

Brian
by bwking
Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Shareware: free bank of decodable sentences and stories?
Replies: 24
Views: 3359

Don't know what happened there! Imagine I was replying to Mr H's putative resignation from webmaster position.

Brian