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Synthetic phonics with adult literacy students has anyone tried it?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by moodyblue, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. We use something called 'Units of Sound', a computer-based(disk)resource. Although designed for dyslexic learners, it could be used for low entry levels.
  2. Hello Rachel. I'm an independent, remedial reading tutor and teach all ages 1-1, including adults, though they are mostly 6-10 yr.olds. I'm presently tutoring a 54 yr.old. man and he is making fab. progress having started out with a reading age of 7.8

    The synthetic phonic programme I use is the Sound Reading System -see info.here:

    My email is on the front page of my website , if you'd like to get in touch.


  3. Have also seen Sound Reading System in action with adults. It's an outstanding programme and beginning to be used in Youth Offenders Centres - well worth investigating. I've only used it myself with 7 year olds but could well see it being used with adults.

    Good luck with the work you're doing!
  4. i would suggest that you join the Reading Reform Foundation message board and ask the question on there. Some of the posters use SP for teaching adults.

  5. I've written an online synthetic phonics programme which is suitable for anyone of any age who needs to learn code knowledge and the skills of blending and segmenting.

    There are strands to the programme which might be more suitable for younger learners or older learners - but the resources are very practical and varied and teachers can select what they need in their contexts as appropriate for their students.

    Currently the whole of unit 1(of 12 units) is entirely free to download and this includes the Overview and Guidance booklet and many versions of a helpful Alphabetic Code overview chart.

    I am willing to provide the whole programme for someone to trial to feed back to others if anyone would like to take a look at unit 1 to evaluate if they think it would be helpful.

    Look in particular at the Sounds Book activity sheets. These are the core to the whole programme and continue through to unit 12 - also the 'I can read' decodable texts.

    You can find the programme at www.phonicsinternational.com and the easiest way to contact me if anyone is interested is debbie@syntheticphonics.com .

    Please allow ample time to look at the unit 1 materials! You need to register to gain access but this is no commitment whatsoever to the rest of the programme.
  6. Rachel, what version of synthetic phonics are you using with your students?
  7. Hi everyone, thanks for all that advice it's great and i'll check it all out this week. We've been using a kind of adapted verion of Ruth Miskin as 2 of us have children who've been taught at school using that but we want to try to make it more systematic for next year and also to try to document what has been successful. We were thinking it might be a good idea to set up some kind of forum for people who are interested in this and doing work in this kind of area?
  8. Dyslexia action have produced the adult literacy programme which works through a phonics programme.

    "A structured multisensory CD-ROM programme to ensure that adult dyslexic learners succeed in the highly challenging Word focus elements of the Core Curriculum. Literacy teaching from first principles to independent reading, writing and spelling of multisyllable words

    A unique resource for teachers in the 16+ sector
    Illustrated by high-quality graphics and animations
    Mapped to the National Adult Core Curriculum
    Allows independent learning at the students own pace
    The Adult Literacy Programme (ALP), divided into 24 sections, provides the teacher who has a specialist qualification in dyslexia with the tools needed to deliver specialist teaching to a number of dyslexic adults at one time. Learners progress through each section working from the CD programme and using individual workbooks. " It is meant to be used by teachers with a specialist dyslexia qualification though.


    The students I used it with responded well to it. These were students who had huge problems with reading and writing and a couple of them were well into their 40's.

  9. Rachel, I would be possible, if enough people were interested, to set up a forum for people using synthetic phonics in adult literacy, on the Reading Reform Foundation message board.

  10. Hi susan, that sounds good; i've also heard back from some academics at Sheffield who've just finished a research project on the same subject and have offered to give us training and put us in contact with other people that they've been working with in colleges. So i'm going to wait and see what ideas they have about the form that a possible forum could take. I'll keep you posted; all this interest is very encouraging! Thanks for you advice,
  11. Hi Rachel
    I know some time has passed since your last post on this issue but I am looking into whether Letters and Sounds can be effectively adapted to help non-reading adults. I have tried using the programme ,quite systematically on a one to one basis with good results. However it is much more challenging in a mixed ability group basis.
    It is hard to stick to L&S and create adult relevant reading material - what do use now or have you decided phonics is not for you (and your learners)?
    In hope of a reply

  12. Hi Jim,
    I'm Susan, who posted earlier on this thread.
    I see that the link I posted then on the Sound Reading System (SRS) is now unobtainable.
    Here's a new link: www.soundreadingsystem.co.uk
    In Nov 2010 the Dyslexia-SpLD trust found the SRS programme to be in their top category of effectiveness as an intervention; 'remarkable', in all three areas, for all ages:

    -for reading accuracy in Y2-adult

    -for comprehension in Y2 -adult

    -for spelling in Y2-adult
  13. Hiya,
    I've only just come across this so I don't know if you'll get the reply. I am not currently using L and S with my adults but only because I'm teaching a higher level this year. I did use it consistently with my E1/E2 students and my colleagues are still teaching phonics as well. OBviously it is a bit harder with adults, as in a group they are very different in terms of their phonic knowledge/ability but I found that it really helped some of them. I used to do an hour per week consistently. I did make some materials as well, you can find them on skillsworkshop if you search by my name and look under E1 and E2. I used phonics as one method with other methods thrown in the mix.
    If you do get this message and want to talk about it, I'm very happy to do so.
  14. CalypsoDalma

    CalypsoDalma New commenter

    Hi all.

    I'll have to check out these programmes. I'm a new Functional English teacher and I'd love to specialise in teaching and supporting learners with dyslexia.

    Also, is anyone familiar with 'Voice Dream' (https://www.voicedream.com/reader/)
    or similar software? I haven't used it with any learners yet, but I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has.
  15. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Most colleges and schools I know of use a version of 'Claro', as it is permitted in exams too.
    CalypsoDalma likes this.
  16. CalypsoDalma

    CalypsoDalma New commenter

    Thanks, Flanks.

    Do you know if it's still permitted in Functional English exams?
  17. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Yes it is.
    CalypsoDalma likes this.

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