Whole-Word Reading

Why whole language doesn’t work

Read this blog post on the Literacy Blog explaining why the whole language approach to reading doesn’t work. http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/what-are-problems-with-whole-language.html?spref=tw

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The dangers of guessing as a reading strategy

Happy New year to all! Start the year with this clear thinking post by Gordon Askew: http://ssphonix.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/your-guess-isn-as-good-as-mine_31.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ssphonix+%28ssphonix%29

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Phonics versus whole word – watch this video

Watch this video showing why the ‘whole word’ reading method works against the principles of an alphabetic code and how it can damage children learning to read this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63zjs-jChY

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What if a head teacher insists on teaching reading by sight words?

And interesting discussion on mumsnet: http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/primary/2104445-Sight-reading-as-a-strategy-in-EYFS-KS1-mrz?pg=1 Thanks to Susan Godsland of www.dylexics.org for flagging this up.

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What is wrong with ‘look and say’?

Here is an excerpt from Mike Lloyd’s book ‘Phonics and the Resistance to Reading’ (page 42): “Recognising whole words by memorising the appearance of the word (sometimes known as the ‘look-and-say’ approach) is highly problematic.  The capacity to remember words […]

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Whole Language – The Medusa’s head

Read this informative post by Susan Godsland on the Reading Reform message board on the multiple lives of ‘whole language’ approach to reading despite having poor evidence to back its efficacy. http://www.rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5360  

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