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Phonics vs. Whole Language

Fifteen years ago Mr. Charles Richardson, founder/chairman of The Literacy Council, wrote an article titled “Reading: Phonics vs. Whole Language” that sadly remains all too relevant today. It can be seen at, but here is an edited excerpt:


The principal of Barclay Elementary, an inner city in Baltimore, fought hard to remove Whole Language and import the phonics-based program used in the prestigious Calvert School nearby. With the Calvert curriculum in place for four years, test scores soared from the 30th to 60th percentiles, and special-education referrals went down by three quarters.
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Welcome to Phonics-Talk

The Phonics-Talk Blog is the alternative home of the Dorbooks’ Phonics-Talk Newsletter. Here you will find the same useful information as before, now enhanced with graphics and color. For questions or comments, write to Dolores at:

Soooo…..grab your coffee, pull up a chair, and let’s go!

Powerful Speaking!

The sometimes-overlooked skill of public speaking is also important. Whether you are interviewing for a job or speaking in front of your classroom, you must be able to communicate your thoughts and ideas in a lively, engaging manner that commands attention.

How many of us can remember simply freezing at the very thought of speaking in public? I know I certainly did!

Here is a free teaching aid you can use to develop your speaking skills and help you speak with emotion and fire.
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