By John Stannard

Containing beneficial insights from the unique director of the nationwide Literary procedure (NLS) and its director of teaching, this e-book offers the one systematic exploration of the reform programme. an important advent and demanding appraisal for pracititioners and scholars, The Literacy online game examines the origins, evolution and impression of the NLS, and gives an absolutely entire contribution to the educating of literacy and the administration of academic swap. This illuminating textual content: units out the political history and context to literacy schooling in England over a decade from 1996 to 2006 explains and appraises the reason and layout underpinning the NLS, thereby rebutting many of the folk-lore that has equipped up round it offers an instance of the rules and practices of large-scale approach switch hyperlinks the NLS to wider international learn on process switch and academic reform evaluates the contribution of the NLS in advancing wisdom of the literacy curriculum in English and the improvement of pedagogy as an entire considers the effect and results of the NLS on criteria of literacy. The Literacy online game is an enlightening booklet with the intention to attract all coverage makers and teachers who're prepared to understand what did and didn't paintings within the NLS and why.

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Over-riding all the differences, however, was the necessary and derivative connection between the NLS and the statutory national curriculum which, itself, following widespread consultation had settled on a similarly comprehensive view about the teaching of literacy. Alignment with these national standards and programmes of study was not negotiable. The NLS in common with other large-scale reform programmes had to run on parallel tracks. One track focused on the specifics of literacy teaching and school improvement with all the associated knowledge, research and controversy surrounding this.

The music stops; the cyclist falls off the bike. The bicycle and the piano become tools for doing something beyond themselves; they become ‘transparent’, means to ends, or extensions of the body – we watch the nail when we aim the hammer, not the hand that holds the hammer. These are common features of skilled behaviour, which have special relevance to reading and writing. Polanyi uses an anecdote to illustrate the point: My correspondence arrives in various languages … but my son can only speak English.

Learning to decode in English requires greater memorization and practice to consolidate and apply than French or Finnish. This more relativistic account of phonics puts it in perspective. In some languages the sound-to-spelling system is taught quite quickly with a light touch and learned with equal facility. (For example, in Ontario, Canada, children in francophone schools, many of whom do not have very fluent oral French, do well in spelling and writing but poorly in reading. ) The point of learning phonics is to crack the alphabetic code.

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