Teach the World to Read

A Global Crisis

Fantastic Phonics reading program is donated into more than 90 countries.

Developing communities need literacy to develop the talent, productivity and skills of their workforce. Every year, up to 65 percent of students leave school, unable to read.

This has enormous impact on community development. Without literacy, a nation's workforce cannot advance beyond basic employment. Communities around the world are trying to connect with the global community, but without literacy they have no way of connecting - English is the Global Language.

Many universities in developing countries use English. Most science is written in English. The internet is 70% English - the next is Chinese. English is no longer an option, it is the only way a community can access information and education, and achieve meaningful employment using skills and helping development.

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In Every Country
Even in Western countries, more than 35% of school leavers cannot read. They cannot, for example, read a simple menu, and cannot read information about the products they purchase.

They cannot read safety information, or read a textbook. They can't read a newspaper, or fill out a driver's license application. Even where people have some basic reading skills, they cannot decode previously unseen words, or develop awareness of context and nuance.

Teach the world to Read can change this. Our reading program, Fantastic Phonics, can be downloaded and printed, or used on smartphones, iPads and classroom Smartboards.

For Every Age
Fantastic Phonics is made easy for every age group. It is successful with preschool students (There are flash cards and video), successful with Grade 2 and 3 students, and is widely used for remedial reading of all ages.

The program explains phonics in a simple way. It builds the knowledge so students can rapidly decode a core set of 220 "Key words" and methodically decode the thousands of previously unseen words, as they are encountered.

How it Works
By age 5, children have a vocabulary of 5000 words. They can speak English - but not read it.

Learning to read using phonics  is the skill of "sounding out" the words so that a student can recognise the word. The most important part of this skill is the speed of decoding and matching, which is called "Phonic fluency". Over time, we begin to learn the shape of recurrent, common words, and this speeds up the decoding process. However, even skilled native-English readers decode - but it is so fast, it seems natural.

Fantastic Phonics is based on two integrated elements.

  • The program teaches 220 of the most common, recurring words used in English. With this list, a student can read and understand between 50% and 70% of any English text.
  • The program uses an explicit phonic decoding method which teaches the full 48 "phonic relationships". Fantastic Phonics is all that is required - a student is able to independently read.
  • It features 60 books, 480 total pages, a Teaching Guide for each of the books, the Dolch List of guided sight words, 8 videos, a sample school curriculum developed in conjunction with RTI.org, a world leader in literacy.

Fantastic Phonics is the starting point for building strong foundations for independent reading.

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