Thank you Susan Godsland from www.dyslexics.org.uk for flagging up an interesting summary by Spelfabet (www.spelfabet.com.au) of an article by Mark S. Seidenberg: ‘The Science of Reading and its Educational Implications’.
This is a useful summary for busy teachers as it raises some really important issues:
1. The rift between the scientific research academic approach and the education approach to teaching reading. This explains why many of us teachers were not taught how to teach reading on Teacher Training courses and why the approach of Educational institutions to the teaching of reading is not based on scientific research.
2. The role of dialect and pronunciation in hampering the acquisition of literacy of children who speak a different dialect of English or speak English as a second language.
and other interesting conclusions… recommended!