I find it strange that after so many posts there is still so much misunderstanding about 'my' approach which is nothing more than the idea that what it takes to develop higher leverl reading skills is simply 'lots of reading' practice. Rigorous academic standards’ has been a favourite piece of teacher trainers jargon for the past six decades – it is interesting that the annual number of illiterate school leavers (100,0000) remained unchanged over the same period. Could there possibly be any connection? <font face="Times New Roman">Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose</font> LEA are regarded by government as the main barrier to progress in literaacy over the past six decades, hence the move to ‘free schools’ and academies’ as a means of wresting control of schools from LEA Because I read my daily newspaper from the screen of my iPad does not mean that I do not assimilate its intellectual content or that this reading experience is any less effective than reading it from sheets of churned up woodpulp .nIt matters a great deal who a child reads a passage TO because that is an expressive human and therefore social interaction. It matters not one iota what anyone reads text FROM because that is the opposite of a social interaction – it is a passive, silent, receptive anti-social activity which I call ‘reading’ whether it read from paper, a computer screen, a gravestone or the icing on a cake. There seems to be an unwillingness to appreciate what ‘my approach’ is about. There is (1) ‘reading’ which is receptive ie. retrieving meaning and there is (2) reading TO someone – avery different activity altogether – reading to someone is the opposite of a receptive activity – it is an expressive activity involving the communication of the meaning to others. My strategy involves both of these activities – it involves reading from a screen and reading TO a human being – that is why it is so successful. Reading is reading whether it is from a computer screen, a page of churned up wood-pulp or a gravestone – as long as retrieving meaning is involved - it is reading.