BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS Wonder Words


TOPIC

This is an illustrated book of word families for early readers. It links the visual and the auditory so that the learner is lead gently ever onward to understanding how words work in English. 


DESCRIPTION

Reading Works Wonder Words is a companion book to the first two books in the READING WORKS series (Vowels and Consonants). Wonder Words is all about word families, and beginner readers are led to realise how individual sounds are joined together by the spoken and inner voices to form words.

This book has an additional function – to help develop left to right eye-muscle movement as an automatic response when decoding a word.

The 70+ pages in an easy-to-hold format are graded in difficulty, and there is space on each page for the writing of favourite words. Nothing is left to chance. Each word has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Vowels


TOPIC

Phonics, speech, literacy, language learning, English. This graded 3-stage book introduces all the vowel letters a e i o u and y as a vowel. The schwa is also introduced here.


DESCRIPTION

The Vowels book tells the full story of all 30 sounds for the 6 single-letter vowels in English (a e i o u and y as a vowel), and as well briefly introduces the all-important schwa.

Set out in graded sections, this book enables the teacher to plan a systematic program that leaves nothing to chance. The pictures have been chosen with great care to stimulate oral-language teacher-learner interaction. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Consonants


TOPIC

This 3-stage book introduces all the consonants with all their many variations.


DESCRIPTION

Consonants    In this book are the 30 sounds for the 21 single consonant letters in the English alphabet, set out in an easy-to-follow system to ensure success for all learners. The book is well-graded with the added advantage for the teacher in being able to tailor each lesson to suit the varying needs of each learner in the class. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Blends


TOPIC

This book has 37 blends of letter groups that keep their individual sounds when put together.


DESCRIPTION

Blends    This book sets out a comprehensive and easy-to-understand set of 41 blends, where letters keep their individual sounds when placed together to reinforce the idea of left to right sound sequencing. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions.

Hearing sounds correctly while saying, seeing and hearing how they work together in language enables all learners to be successful not just for the moment, but to continue building and using this knowledge for the rest of their lives. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Digraphs


TOPIC

The 55 digraphs (and some tri-graphs) in this book are shown in words and sentence examples.


DESCRIPTION

Digraphs    In this book there are 56 examples of letters that have a new sound when placed together. It serves as a natural step forward from the previous three books, and reflects the growing wisdom and ability of the learner.

As in all books in the series, the sounds (aural), the saying, using (oral), and the understanding (thinking) go hand in hand with meaning, vocabulary-building, writing (kinaesthetic), social interaction and teacher-guided learning conversations. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - The Schwa


TOPIC

This book should be on every teacher's desk. It takes the puzzlement out of learning to pronounce, read and spell.


DESCRIPTION

The Schwa    Gathered together - perhaps for the first time in the teaching of literacy - are 91 examples of this shy but must-know schwa sound. Spelling errors and incorrect word pronunciations are often made because learners are not aware of this neglected sound.

The Schwa has been written to be a problem-solver for students and a helpful reference book for teachers. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Silent Letters


TOPIC

This collection has more than 200 silent letter words. Only three letters of the alphabet are never silent.


DESCRIPTION

This book reflects the growing reading ability of the learner. The words and sentences examples demonstrate how frequently silent letters can be seen - but not heard - in English. This book will especially help non-native speakers of English.  Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time.

The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Contractions


TOPIC

A touch of whimsy is added to each sentence in this book to encourage the learner to venture ever onwards.


DESCRIPTION

Seventy contractions with interesting sentence examples in context show how these frequently these English shortcuts can be found in spoken and written language.  Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Uncountables - plurals without s


TOPIC

This is a book of nouns as you may never have seen them before. An invaluable resource.


DESCRIPTION

Uncountables - Plurals without s. In this book are 195 plurals without s wrapped in vocabulary-rich information. This book was written to help non-native speakers of English understand the concept that many uncountable nouns (such as milk), and a great many plural words such as cacti, accommodation and information do not have s on the end.

The wide vocabulary used in the sentence examples is another aspect of English that the teacher will find useful. Syntax, punctuation, sentence protocols and grammar are a part of this book's 'package'.  Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions.  Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.

BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - Homonyms and Hetronyms


TOPIC

More than 100 homophones (different spelling and meaning) and 30 heteronyms (same spelling, different sound and meaning) are set out here.


DESCRIPTION

Homophones + Heteronyms    The reader will find 100s of fully illustrated homophones + heteronyms here as both a reference and a valuable and rather unusual teaching resource. The sentence examples provide general knowledge information as a helpful and painless way to learn the spelling and meaning of homophones. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.

Opportunities to develop fluent reading are another aspect of this book. And the heteronym collection will give the reader a few surprises!


BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - A - Z Letters and their Sounds


TOPIC

This book showcases each letter of the English alphabet with all its sounds and silences.


DESCRIPTION

A - Z Letters and their sounds   This book of lists is a definitive reference that sets out all the sounds, silences, doubles, exceptions and essential details for every letter in the alphabet. Students and teachers of English will particularly enjoy using this book because of its high visual appeal and the vast amount of information 'under one roof'.  Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.

The A – Z book is a companion to the IPA Sounds and their letters – please see next box.

BOOK TITLE

READING WORKS - IPA International Phonetic Alphabet Sounds and their letters


TOPIC

International Phonetic Alphabet. Every sound in English with its letters and letter groups has been arranged as you’ve never seen them before. Beautiful pictures add to the learning pleasure.

 


DESCRIPTION

IPA Sounds and their letters   Another definitive work, 53 IPA letters of every sound in words and pictures link each phonic (sound) with its graphemes (written letter symbols). A valuable learning tool, this book of lists is perfect as a springboard for teacher-directed oral language activities. Nothing is left to chance. Each word in the mini-story sentences has been chosen for a particular reason to give as much learning nourishment as the teacher deems to be appropriate at that time. The pictures are equally language-rich to stimulate word-based thoughts and questions.

A limitless number of teacher-created written exercises can be devised using this and the A - Z book.

BOOK TITLE

ORAL LANGUAGE in ACTION - Pre-Schoolers and Pre-Readers


TOPIC

The development of oral language skills is the whole point of this series of books. We are what we speak! 
This series is dedicated to teachers, parents, literacy coaches, therapists, siblings, grandparents and all those involved in the teaching of reading and oral expression.
Speech, word knowledge, English, vocabulary, preschool, early childhood, beginner readers, teacher reference.


DESCRIPTION

More than seventy muscles work together to produce speech. Speaking is the most demanding neuromuscular activity in the human body. Understanding written language can be particularly daunting if it happens too early or when the speech muscles are unable to reproduce sounds accurately. Oral Language in Action is best used as a face-to-face, interactive and conversational vehicle for teaching spoken and written English. The sub-title of the series is Mighty Mouth Movers - because the books encourage exercises to strengthen and control this all-important aspect of clear speech. The activities gradually increase in difficulty, and each page has enough material for many completely different re-visit lessons.

Explore the whole book with your learners, dipping in and out of the various pages and re-visiting them many times. Read out loud, enjoy the content, and be the knowledgeable expert leading your learners on to ever greater heights of understanding. Nothing is left to chance. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.

In this first book, pre-schoolers and pre-readers are taught how to use the mouth muscles, to identify pictures of animals and objects, explore a picture by going into its detail, and to understanding the rhythms of language. All are presented here with highly original and imaginative teaching suggestions. 

BOOK TITLE

ORAL LANGUAGE in ACTION – Beginner Readers


TOPIC

English Language Enhancement Picture Book. Phonological awareness, listening, understanding and participating in English are the goals of this unusual book.


DESCRIPTION

Includes TEACHING NOTES and DISCUSSION IDEAS perfect for school, home, speech therapy, early childhood, gifted education, English as an additional language for students, parents, carers and all those involved in literacy. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.

Word comprehension, active listening, verbalising with an increasing vocabulary, and conversing with others vocal clarity are the aims of this book. Teacher notes are on every page.

BOOK TITLE

ORAL LANGUAGE in ACTION – Budding Actors


TOPIC

Every child loves to act - to be someone else. This book leverages this natural skill to enhance learning and understanding of oral language.


DESCRIPTION

The series includes hundreds of conversational ways to build vocabulary, thinking skills, language confidence, verbal fluency in English and listening comprehension. Memory exercises, improvisations and imagination development continue in this third book. Boys will especially enjoy the real-life grownup situations and action; girls will relate to the various personalities and conversations that spring from the sentences.  Every page can be revisited many times, not only as a resource for lessons, but as a pleasurable book to look through and think about.


BOOK TITLE

Echo and Narcissus - a Very Loud Story


TOPIC

Oral language, play-reading, literature, myths, legends, mythology, storytelling, drama. The famous Greek legend comes to life in this version.


DESCRIPTION

Very Loud Stories series encourage children to find a reading buddy or two and take it in turns to read the rows. They can speak the story-lines as if they are a highly paid television reporter, and say the dialogue lines in bold as if they are that character in the story. And characters abound! Children can take turns in reading the lines while simultaneously learning about legendary characters including Zeus, Echo, Narcissus, Nike, Hera, and Aphrodite.

Beautiful artworks illustrate this story. It is ideal for partners, and the action is presented in such a way that Echo and Narcissus will be remembered forever by those who venture into this story.


BOOK TITLE

The Fox and the Crow - a Very Loud Story


TOPIC

This Aesop's fable is full of delight. We are taken in by Fox just as much as Crow.


DESCRIPTION

Aesop, literature, play-reading, literature, literacy, reading, learning and teaching. Even though this story is about a fox and a crow, human emotions run high in this story, teaching the young reader some life lessons. Aesop at its best!

Very Loud Stories series encourage children to find a reading buddy or two and take it in turns to read the rows. They can speak the story-lines as if they are a highly paid television reporter, and say the dialogue lines in bold as if they are that character in the story.


BOOK TITLE

Henny Penny - a Very Loud Story


TOPIC

This format and imaginative language usage bring this story to life.


DESCRIPTION

Traditional story, literature, literacy, learning and teaching.  Henny Penny takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions in this version. We fear the fox as much as she and her feathered companions do. We are also given an insight into how a fox thinks. 

Very Loud Stories series encourage children to find a reading buddy or two and take it in turns to read the rows. They can speak the story-lines as if they are a highly paid television reporter, and say the dialogue lines in bold as if they are that character in the story.


BOOK TITLE

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - a Very Loud Story


TOPIC

This version of this famous story will not only entrance the reader, it will bring them back to re-read the story many times as a favourite performance piece.


DESCRIPTION

Sibling rivalry, emotional differences and the cliché will entertain the reader and listener from page one. This is a very imaginative and word-pictorial version!

Very Loud Stories series encourage children to find a reading buddy or two and take it in turns to read the rows. They can speak the story-lines as if they are a highly paid television reporter, and say the dialogue lines in bold as if they are that character in the story.


BOOK TITLE

King Midas and the Golden Touch - a Very Loud Story


TOPIC

Very Loud Stories have been created to provide opportunities for children to build vocal confidence in a group, partner and solo readings.
The elements of well-structured language and beautiful pictures in King Midas are perfect companions in this classic tale of the consequences of greed. 


DESCRIPTION

This dramatic version brings this classic story into the here and now. The readers feel the many emotions this story conveys. King Midas is a play suited for simultaneous small-group reading, and brings in the beauty of artworks by famous artists to illustrate this well known story.

Very Loud Stories series encourage children to find a reading buddy or two and take it in turns to read the rows. They can speak the story-lines as if they are a highly paid television reporter, and say the dialogue lines in bold as if they are that character in the story.


BOOK TITLE

The Story of Pandora - a Very Loud Play


TOPIC

Very Loud Plays have been created to provide opportunities for children to build vocal confidence in a group, partner and solo performances.
Pandora is dramatic, beautifully illustrated and memorable.


DESCRIPTION

Pandora is not only a play suited for simultaneous small-group reading, but it brings in the beauty of artworks by famous artists to illustrate this famous story.

Educational benefits to please teachers - this play provides:

  • an awareness of the pleasures and benefits gained by rehearsing and modifying until a high standard is achieved
  • visualisation development via the vivid mind pictures that can be created just by words
  • vocabulary extension to see, hear and say words in familiar and unusual contexts
  • a model demonstrating how a collection of similar words can be used imaginatively
  • an example of the power and energy words have in human communication
  • opportunities to learn the vocabulary of poetry: stanza, meter, ballad, narration, verse, rhythm, rhyme, beat …
  • an arena to try out personal preferences regarding dramatic expression, pace, volume, pitch, body language etc
  • a way to teach the impact of inserting dramatic moments of silence every now and again
  • ways to engage with an audience; discover the benefits of memorisation; use the eyes and mouth to convey emotion
  • oral reading skill development including voice projection, word clarity, adding vocal surprises to build and release tension, stretching vowels, exaggerating consonants …
  • social interaction skill development such as discussing the allocation of solo, partner, group sections; where and how to add abstract movement and interpretative choreography etc
  • experience in trying out a variety of specific performance skills such as ways to enter, stand, move, acknowledge the audience, exit, and maintain the drama from start to finish
  • opportunities to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary to create a vivid and memorable theatrical experience.

BOOK TITLE

The Riddle of the Sphinx - a Very Loud Play


TOPIC

Very Loud Plays have been created to provide opportunities for children to build vocal confidence in a group, partner and solo performances.
This version unravels the complications of the story, but keeps the details intact.


DESCRIPTION

Drama at its best. A memorable portrayal of the characters involved in this famous story. Will attract advanced readers who thrive on an opportunity to 'strut their stuff' dramatically.

Educational benefits to please teachers - this play provides:

  • opportunities to build vocal confidence in a group, partner and solo dynamic range
  • an awareness of the pleasures and benefits gained by rehearsing and modifying until a high standard is achieved
  • visualisation development via the vivid mind pictures that can be created just by words
  • vocabulary extension to see, hear and say words in familiar and unusual contexts
  • a model demonstrating how a collection of similar words can be used imaginatively
  • an example of the power and energy words have in human communication
  • opportunities to learn the vocabulary of poetry: stanza, meter, ballad, narration, verse, rhythm, rhyme, beat …
  • an arena to try out personal preferences regarding dramatic expression, pace, volume, pitch, body language etc
  • a way to teach the impact of inserting dramatic moments of silence every now and again
  • ways to engage with an audience; discover the benefits of memorisation; use the eyes and mouth to convey emotion
  • oral reading skill development including voice projection, word clarity, adding vocal surprises to build and release tension, stretching vowels, exaggerating consonants …
  • social interaction skill development such as discussing the allocation of solo, partner, group sections; where and how to add abstract movement and interpretative choreography etc
  • experience in trying out a variety of specific performance skills such as ways to enter, stand, move, acknowledge the audience, exit, and maintain the drama from start to finish
  • opportunities to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary to create a vivid and memorable theatrical experience.

BOOK TITLE

Toad - a Very Loud Poem


TOPIC

A mixture of reality and fantasy, this gruesome poem relishes in vivid verbal imagery. Will delight young readers. The poem can be a performed as a solo, a duet, a group - or a mixture of each, introducing children to the delights of poetry in the easiest and most enjoyable of ways. Saying a couplet of two lines per person in turn around a whole-class circle also works very well.


DESCRIPTION

High-quality language takes the reader on a downward spiral of the inevitable. This is a book full of visual and verbal surprises. A touch of the gruesome is another attraction! The story begins:

There once was an ugly toad
Who lived in a slimy abode ...

This tongue-twisting and energetic poem is for readers and listeners of all ages - especially those who love drama! Performance suggestions are included to help readers enhance the theatrical impact of the words.
Warning: Toad does not have a happy ending.


BOOK TITLE

Captain - a Very Loud Poem


TOPIC

This is a bouncy story poem that takes the reader for a cruise on an ocean liner grand as seen from the Captain's point of view.


DESCRIPTION

I'd like to be the captain of a great big ship,
And give all my passengers a lovely trip ...

If these words sound like you, this poem will indeed be a pleasure cruise! And at the end of your voyage there's a glossary of nautical words just in case a pushy passenger asks about knots, a Jack staff or other seagoing terms. So set your course, lift the anchor and head off into the sunset to distant lands and unusual places. Bon voyage and happy sailing!

Told in couplets, this will attract readers to places beyond the classroom and into the happiness of a holiday on a ship. A nautical glossary is included as a general-knowledge booster.


BOOK TITLE

Storm! - a Very Loud Poem


TOPIC

Word knowledge and vocabulary development is wrapped in a vivid account of a summer electrical storm.


DESCRIPTION

We share the sounds and the sights of a storm as it passes overhead. A scared dog is included to share the emotions of this event.
Educational benefits to please teachers - this poem provides:

  • opportunities to build vocal confidence in a group, partner and solo dynamic range
  • an awareness of the pleasures and benefits gained by rehearsing and modifying until a high standard is achieved
  • visualisation development via the vivid mind pictures that can be created just by words
  • vocabulary extension to see, hear and say words in familiar and unusual contexts
  • a model demonstrating how a collection of similar words can be used imaginatively
  • an example of the power and energy words have in human communication
  • opportunities to learn the vocabulary of poetry: stanza, meter, ballad, narration, verse, rhythm, rhyme, beat …
  • an arena to try out personal preferences regarding dramatic expression, pace, volume, pitch, body language etc
  • a way to teach the impact of inserting dramatic moments of silence every now and again
  • ways to engage with an audience; discover the benefits of memorisation; use the eyes and mouth to convey emotion
  • oral reading skill development including voice projection, word clarity, adding vocal surprises to build and release tension, stretching vowels, exaggerating consonants …
  • social interaction skill development such as discussing the allocation of solo, partner, group sections; where and how to add abstract movement and interpretative choreography etc
  • experience in trying out a variety of specific performance skills such as ways to enter, stand, move, acknowledge the audience, exit, and maintain the drama from start to finish
  • opportunities to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary to create a vivid and memorable theatrical experience.

BOOK TITLE

The Three Little Pigs - a Very Loud Poem


TOPIC

The Three Little Pigs - as you know it, but in a twisty, quirky say-out-loud rhyme, with a somewhat alternative ending. The poem can be a performed as a solo, a duet, a group - or a mixture of each, introducing children to the delights of poetry in the easiest and most enjoyable of ways.


DESCRIPTION

Once upon a time there were three little pigs,
Handsome and plump but not very big.

And so begins this highly rhythmic version of the famous and much-loved story that will become a firm favourite for readers and listeners of all ages. Children, teachers, parents, speech therapists, reading buddies and families will find lots of pleasure in this say-out-loud rhyme of The Three Little Pigs.

A tongue-twisting, mouth-moving rhyme for kids and grown-ups who LOVE performing for an audience.
It's bouncy and fast and you say it out loud –
Perfect for one – two – three or a crowd!

Includes Performance Notes, Actors' Games and Tongue-Twister Warm-ups.


BOOK TITLE

Slick Limericks


TOPIC

A brand new collection for the reader who enjoys performing and the exaggerated whimsy of this genre.


DESCRIPTION

A perfect partnership of words and the imagination, this book has over thirty brand new limericks to entertain and amuse both readers and listeners.
Being polite and well-mannered, the quirky characters within these pages are perfectly at ease in homes, schools, waiting rooms and libraries - and all places where words are loved. ( P.S. Some limericks are tongue-tangling tongue-twisters. And there is one where you don't have to move your lips - great for budding ventriloquists!)

As well as being fun to read and perform, the limerick has many educational benefits. Some of these are ...

  • Sharing reading moments and laughing with others brings about seriously good feelings of togetherness, social connectivity and friendship.
  • The rhythmic bounce and vivid vocal expression possibilities are especially flamboyant in this genre, and will carry over to other oral reading tasks.
  • Complex words have been used intentionally in this book. Do not be afraid of them and instead, feel their power!
  • The pleasures of performing for an audience are immeasurable.
  • Enunciating the sounds of each word helps strengthen reading fluency, vocal confidence, breath control and speech clarity.
  • The tongue-twisting words and phrases in many Slick Limericks have the benefits of exercising mouth muscles, they are good-fun oral language warm-ups, and they are helpful for identifying speech and/or hearing difficulties.
  • Talented readers will stretch their creative wings by adding theatrical touches to their performances.
  • Limericks are also perfect for strengthening memory.
  • Observing punctuation means that many lines will go straight on to the next without a pause. This teaches looking ahead and not running out of air!
  • Dramatic terminology can be introduced, such as bathos, melodrama, farce ...
  • Repetition will happen all by itself because the fun aspect doesn't fade.

What happens to Alice?:

A woman called Alice McBean,
Decided to visit the Queen.
    When she came to the palace ...


 

 

The emphasis is on oracy. This does not mean sitting a bunch of learners together so that their chatter magically sprouts new vocabulary, analytical thinking skills, visualisation development and all those other good things that are supposed to happen. A teacher - the expert - must be there guiding their novice learners every step of the way by posing probing questions that teach thinking, deductive reasoning, listening, reinforcing, accommodation with previous learning, and staying on topic.

The study of letters and their representative sounds in READING WORKS is the baseline on which the teacher/parent/literacy coach can build according to the needs, abilities, background and unknown potential of the individual learners in that particular group, regardless of whether there are four or forty. Using READING WORKS, the teacher has the freedom to teach to suit the learner rather than making the learner fit a commercial worksheet. Discussion-based, interactive, interesting and involving deep-level learning has a chance to take place. And of course, success is a much more likely outcome.

Another advantage of an oracy-based method is not only providing interactive and multi-sensory seeing, hearing, speaking and using the sounds studied simultaneously, but it helps to stimulate the imagination. Visualisation, fluent thinking processes and comprehension of meaning are thus able to take place, and the teacher can immediately respond and adapt the learning to accommodate unexpected challenges.