Interview starts after hour 2

Please note that lessons are billed at 15 minute intervals.  This makes them short, focused and economical.  Rarely will any lesson exceed 30 minutes.

Unlocking Language to Free Your Mind

 

Every child deserves to read naturally.  Almost any native speaker can learn to read write and spell English fluently, and accurately, over a very short time.  This is made possible by first learning the sounds of English (not letters, but sounds) and then their spellings. 

Stage 1

 

Students learn the 38 discrete sounds (phonemes) of English by first learning to recognize, then say them.  This normally takes just a few hours.  We then move on to manipulating these 38 sounds: by segmenting (ex., saying all 4 sounds in the word frog), blending (ex., saying frog backwards [gorf]) and deleting, saying the word frog without the 'r' sound (fog).  

Stage 2

 

Students then begin reading (decoding) words using a temporary phonetic alphabet (the 38 sounds learned in stage 1) superimposed over dictionary spellings, thus eliminating any confusion about what sound to make for a given spelling to accurately 'build' words out of sounds, like Legos.  Thus, the word frog would have the same phonetic spelling as its dictionary spelling since our phonetic alphabet uses those same 4 letters to represent those 4 discrete sounds and never any other sounds.  For example, we never use the letter 'o' to represent the 'o-e' sound as in the word 'no,' only the 'o' sound as in 'pot.'   Herein lies the root cause of what is commonly referred to as 'dyslexia.'  Most 'dyslexia' is really just misidentifying which letter or letter combinations represent which sound in a given word. 

Stage 3

 

Once students internalize the English spelling code (rules) by being exposed to all possible English spelling variations with the support of the superimposed phonetic alphabet, these training wheels can come off, and for good.  This happens very quickly and is the cornerstone of this breakthrough method.  Students can then get down to the business of interpreting what they read and leave the guessing at sounds behind, for good.  No amout of bad teaching can undo these automated subskills, subskills vital to anyone who wishes to truly read write and spell naturally and effortlessly. 

A quick note about lessons.  Our 'lessons' are more like spot checks and as such, are kept short.  Most lessons don't exceed 15 minutes.  This is because students learn discrete skills that build on each other. When one skill is mastered (learning the sounds of English), the next skills (segmenting and blending) are introduced with exercises to practice for mastery.  This puts the student in control of his/her pace and progress.  We are here more to check for understanding than to 'cram' information into the child.  The spelling code reveals itself naturally as the student progresses.  This makes our approach extremely economical and unique among science-based approaches.