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Post by maizie » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:38 pm

What about this one?

http://www.port.ac.uk/uopnews/2013/01/1 ... ing-first/
Children would find it much easier to learn to read and write if they were first taught how the English language works and what words mean, rather than trying to sound out words.

According to new research, English is so complex that relying on phonics – the common practice of teaching children to read by sounding out words – makes learning English much more difficult than it needs to be.

Dr Victoria Devonshire, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, trialled a new method of teaching reading and writing with 120 children aged five-seven years old and found the average reading age leapt by 14 months after just six months.

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