Learning to read is a necessity, and while there are various literacy methods available to students, some are more effective than others. These not only teach children to read, but also inspire and instil a passion for reading in the long run.
The I Can Read system is based on research conducted by educational psychologists, Antony Earnshaw and Annabel Seargeant, and focuses on four core skills of language acquisition – listening, speaking, reading and writing. The system focuses on developing strong phonological awareness skills before introducing students to reading and writing.
The English spelling system is extremely complicated having been influenced by a variety of languages over time. For this reason, there’s no one-to-one relationship between letters and sounds. The letters of the alphabet make various sounds and the majority of these can be spelled in a variety of ways. This poses a challenge to educators who teach children to identify the sounds represented by letters or groups of letters. The I Can Read system teaches phonological awareness and phonics before relating letters or clusters of letters to their representative sounds.
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Pre-Reading lessons include an array of activities like speech and drama, educational games and story time to fully engage students. Listening, speaking and social skills are enhanced as they interact with their teacher and their classmates. The Reading course introduces students to one new sound per lesson, which are represented by I Can Read’s unique coding system. In this way, students learn to read every possible letter-sound combination and embed them into their long-term memory. Pre-primary and primary students learn the necessary speaking, reading and writing skills that prepares them for primary school English by practising creative writing, oral presentations, group discussions and written comprehension.
I Can Read courses are suitable for children aged 2.5 to 12 years old. Classes are student-centred and ability-based, with everyone learning at their own pace. All I Can Read courses are taught by internationally-qualified English Reading Specialists. Parents are constantly updated on their child’s progress and are assured that a strong foundation in English literacy is formed.
I Can Read centres can be found in various locations: Desa Parkcity, Ara Damansara, Kota Damansara, Kota Kemuning, Setia Alam and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah).