The course comprises 50 training sessions (100 hours), each session/ week covering: -
1. LISTENING – Graded short- and medium-term auditory memory training.
Development of the learner’s short-term auditory memory (recognition) is essential whilst building a primary sight vocabulary. Graded exercises train the learner to recognize repetitions of letters, words and names at irregular intervals; distractions are screened out and the individual’s concentration span is enhanced.
2. SOUNDS/ WORDS – Phonics; analysis/ synthesis of words with a common letter cluster. Drills and related word-building exercises are included to develop the ‘output’ mode of verbal and written skills.
Aspects covered are:
a) auditory discrimination (specific speech sounds)
b) auditory analysis (isolating the components/ sounds in words)
c) auditory blending (synthesis of speech sounds)
3. WRITE/ SPEAK – Exposure to everyday English usage, including sentence structure patterns and drills.
Practice in sentence construction, incorporating word building and phonics knowledge – the current week’s cluster being emphasized. Personal communication skills and vocabulary levels are enhanced.
4. READ/ THINK – Graded reading comprehension high-interest materials, to improve retention, develop logical thinking and relate and associate ideas literally.
Key features of training are:
a) left-to-right and timed presentations of reading materials
b) speed ranges, sufficiently great to provide training rates for all levels of instruction.
5. READ/ REASON – Designed to develop the learner’s reading comprehension tactics whilst using contextual clues.
The Cloze reading texts require correct restoration of deletion, thereby making the reader more sensitive to the surrounding context.