29 Sep '14

News Phonics tests and literacy: reading is more than just barking at print | @guardianletters

Your report (Rise in school literacy attributed to phonics, 26 September) provides evidence only that intensive and systematic phonics instructions will produce higher scores on tests of phonics. In the phonics check, children were asked only to pronounce words presented in a list.There is substantial research showing that heavy phonics instruction makes no significant contribution to tests in which children have to understand what they read. Continue reading...

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