Your Name and Title: Ozelle Stephen, Rev/Director of Education
School or Organization Name: Miridians Elementary School, Centre of Enabling Support Foundation, Uganda
Co-Presenter Name(s): None
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Kampala Uganda
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Teachers and Parents
Short Session Description (one line): A Whole Word Reading approach is a pragmatic shift from Phonetic method of teaching reading to babies in the 21st Century Education system.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
On 17th May, 2017 Enable Support Foundation (ESF) held the first 21st Century Education conference in Miridians Elementary School with a goal to let babies read before they start school. The same way they can learn to speak is the way they will learn to read.
We work with ESF which operates in the Cloud and allows us to collaborate in Peace Flame. This presentation is to bring awareness to teachers, care takers and parents that Whole Word reading approach replaces Phonetic approach in 21St Century Education.
Participants shall be able to know advantages of Whole Word Reading over Phonetic approach and understand the limitations of phonetic approach.
In Uganda and world over, traditional reading (phonetic) wastes about 6 years and does not work with about 20% of students and discourages speed reading. It tells you how to say a word, but tells you nothing about what it means.
Teaching Whole Word works for everyone and is, in fact, speed reading. Reading at an early stage is one of the basics of education that can become as natural as listening.
Early reading is Sustainable Development goal 4; Quality education for all. Children shall be exposed to vast literature that can transform livelihood leading to poverty eradication, improved environment, increased prosperity, good health promotion, among others.
Phonetic Reading is the process of learning, understanding and manipulating the sound that each letter makes. It is a method of teaching and learning reading based on the letters of the alphabet and their associated letter sounds or groups of letter sound. The sounds the letters make decode words that can be read/heard.
This method cannot help an infant or a parent who is not trained on letter sounds. It also delays reading and leads learners astray due to different sounds from different words. For example, compare sounds in words like;
Early/infant reading requires Whole Word approach which is a method of literacy instruction that teaches learners to site words as a whole unit without breaking each word to a letter or groups of letters into single sounds. This encourages children to recognize the core words in a sentence rather than the sounds. An educator show the word, say it and also point an image linked to the word. Here an educator does not need to go school of phonetic.
In 21st Century Education system, Whole Word approach is a pragmatic shift of teaching reading to infant because anybody can teach reading hence children will start school while reading.
Our children are improving very fast in reading without phonetic approach. To collaborate with us and trumpet the shift, parents, care takers and educator can register at: http://enabling.org/peaceflame to acquire an office365 platform for discussions, trainings, mentor and collaboration to improve reading in the society and ensure quality academic Sustainable Development Goal 4 is reached by 2030.
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