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Do we say ‘t’ in witch?

I often have a discussion with people as to whether or not particular letters are pronounced in a word (e.g., the ‘t’ in witch). I have always argued that we only think we hear the ‘t’ because we know how the word is spelled.  So, for example, if I was to record you saying, “I […]

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Increasing Reading Speed

Fluent reading depends on knowledge acquired from reading. Every time you read, you become more familiar with the vocabulary, the structures of sentences and the informational content. The greater your familiarity with this knowledge, the less time that is required to process this information and consequently you can comprehend text with greater speed and efficiency. […]

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Should Children be Held Back?

There is a growing trend to not enrol students who are very close to the ‘cut-off’ age until the following year. The general argument is that if they are enrolled as per the ‘cut-off’ criteria they will be the youngest child in the class and this will impede their educational progress.  In contrast, if they […]

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The Perfetti Experiments

What is the role of phonic knowledge in the reading process? Perfetti and his colleagues designed a series of experiment to test this question. In one study, Perfetti studied third and fifth grade children who had been identified as good and poor readers using a standardised reading assessment. The children were asked to read real […]

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Teaching the Alphabet Sounds

The foundation of reading and spelling is knowing the most common sound represented by each of the letters of the alphabet –  /a/-apple, /b/-ball, /k/-cat. With this knowledge you can spell words by breaking the words into their individual sounds (bat – /b/ /a/ /t/) and then writing the letter that represents each of these […]

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