Teaching an old dog new tricks

10th November 2014

Teaching an old dog new tricks

The benefits of a synthetic phonics approach of teaching children to read are well documented and it is now the standard approach endorsed by the government. But, what about its effectiveness for older learners? There are a far fewer studies on the subject, or at least many fewer that we’ve heard about. Maybe it’s because adult learners are seen as less of a priority or it could be that simply, it’s less of an emotive subject and therefore isn’t making any headlines.

Whatever the reasons, here at PhonicsThruMusic we have first-hand experience of how effective and above all enjoyable this approach can be for adults who weren’t able to learn skilfully the first time around.

We’ve come across an old article from the Guardian newspaper with some great information about a number  of studies that have been carried out with older learners. So if you’ve ever wondered about this topic click on this link for further information, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our website to see what age appropriate synthetic phonics learning is all about.


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