The material on this website helps untrained tutors, and teachers, to teach students so that they become independent readers, because it:
- is jargon-free;
- is totally phonics based;
- requires the application of simple techniques only;
- is not “little kiddy”, so it can be taught to students of any age;
- teaches students strategies that work, instead of encouraging guessing and other ineffective methods;
- can be taught at the rate that suits the student and tutor – slow and steady, or more like a crash course; &
- is comprehensive, covering each layer of English – the alphabet letters, the multiple letter teams, the rule letters, the old letters, and the foreign letters.
Because the material on the material on this site covers a variety of reading skills, and how to teach a variety of reading skills, many people will find it useful. There is also a complete learn to read course available. Click Articles in the menu to read the About this Course article, or go to Reading Course in the menu.
Who can be helped by this Course?
If you’re looking for a course to use for: a pre-schooler who is ready to begin learning to read, an older child who needs major remedial work, a non-native English speaker who can speak some English and wants to read, your retired parent who now has enough time and energy available to learn to read, or even for yourself if you’re not a confident and fluent reader.
Because the material on this site provides information about specific skills, many , and you’re wanting rapid progress without gaps in knowledge, then consider this Course.
Keep in mind with this Course
The things to keep in mind with this course are:
- you have to start at the beginning, the very beginning – even if you’re old;
- you need to follow the instructions; skipping steps will not build a firm foundation; &
- I speak Australian English, so you might need to change a few sounds into your type of English.
The Purpose of this Course
The purpose of this course is to teach the essentials, not to provide entertainment; so while the material can be interesting, the things students and tutors find most interesting are the speed at which students progress, and how rapidly they become competent and confident readers.
The reason for this rapid and lasting progress is that tutors and students discover that English is not the chaotic, crazy mess they have been told, but that 85% of it makes sense if they know the basics (the alphabet letters, the multiple letter teams, and the rule letters), and that nearly all the rest (over 95%) makes sense or can be worked out with the little bits of history (about the old letters, and the foreign letters) taught in this course.