The Building Blocks of Reading
The Course offered on this website helps untrained tutors teach students to become independent readers, because it:
- is jargon-free;
- is totally phonics based;
- includes the essential pre-reading skills;
- requires the application of simple techniques only;
- is taught in a way that makes sense to tutor and student;
- is not “little kiddy”, so it can be taught to students of any age;
- only spends time on activities that advance students’ reading skills;
- requires students to interact with the material, which helps them learn more rapidly;
- is taught step-by-step, and is cumulative – with each lesson building on the previous work;
- 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.
This course is available as an ebook
The ebook comes in several parts:
- the introduction (the pre-reading work, which is essential for everyone, including tutors);
- the course sections (the alphabet, the multiple letter teams, the old way of writing some sounds – that are in words we still use, the rule letters, and the foreign letters);
- a comprehensive index that includes lists of the rules and sounds; &
- the Flashcards and Teaching Aids (most students need to use only a few of these).
If your student would prefer, you could do all the work on a screen, rather than printing the pages. You would need a desktop or laptop screen for this. An ipad might be large enough, but a phone would not be suitable at all.
Because this course is available as an ebook, it is available immediately upon purchase. If you want a printed version, you will need to do the printing yourself. If you are doing this, you might like to bind the pages. If so, it’s recommend that you do this in 2 parts (Part 1, up to the end of the Foreign letters; Part 2, the rest of the material).An alternative would be to print the pages, and then place them back to back into plastic envelopes inside 2 lever-arch files, dividing them as above).
Most students who have access to a suitable sized screen find learning on the computer perfectly satisfactory. There are some students who find working from paper far better, for a variety of reasons, so suit yourselves.
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 learn 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.
No matter who your student is, if 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 it is, 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 (adding up to a total of over 95% of English words) makes sense or can be worked out once you know some little bits of history (about the old letters, and the foreign letters), which are taught in this course.
To learn more, click the link at the top of this page, to download a PDF sample of the lessons.