English is one of the easiest languages to learn except for spelling…
Our language has 44 different letter and sound combinations. If a child isn’t taught to read expressly, he will not have access to full society participation. Being able to communicate and share the wisdom of the past with future generations is what keeps civilization advancing.
It’s sad most teachers aren’t taught the science of reading.
A variety of different methods of teaching reading have been advocated in English-speaking countries. In the United States, the debate is often more political than objective. Parties often divide into two camps which refuse to accept each other’s terminology or frame of reference. Despite this both camps often incorporate aspects of the other’s methods. Both camps accuse the other of causing failure to learn to read and write. Phonics advocates assert that, to read a large vocabulary of words correctly and fluently requires detailed knowledge of the structure of the English language, particularly spelling-speech patterns. Whole Language advocates assert that students do not need to be able to sound out words, but should look at unknown words and figure them out using context.
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