Beginning reading

What are the vital first steps in teaching children to read, and how can we ensure that no child falls behind? Yola Center reviews the evidence

IT IS UNDENIABLE that most children will learn to read, irrespective of the method of instruction. However, it is also clear that a significant number of pupils in regular classes in mainstream schools will have trouble with the literacy process. Indeed, a leading literacy researcher, Marianne Wolf, recently stated that about 40% of children are at risk of literacy failure unless teachers are aware of the essentials of effective beginning reading tuition.

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May 2009