"I was a primary school teacher for twenty years from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties. During that time I saw many changes to the educational curriculum. I think some of these changes were disastrous; the 'whole-word' method of teaching reading being one of those disasters.
One of the outcomes that was brought about by the 'whole-word' method is we now have a generation of teachers educated and trained in this method. Many of these teachers have a very limited understanding of word construction and phonics and the importance of these methods to the teaching of reading. The 'old' method of phonics needs to be brought back into the classroom.
Another one of these changes was to let the child write with a free flow of ideas in written work. The concept was not to inhibit the child’s free flow of thought, however, punctuation, spelling and grammar became a casualty of this method.
I have been briefed by Alison Tarrant from Applied Scholastics Western Australia and I thoroughly endorse their phonics method of teaching reading."
"As a High School Technology teacher, I frequently experience unhappy, lethargic students who don't look like they're getting a very good deal from school - it's as if their learning expectations are just not being met as they should be. Something's just not right. When I heard about this new phonics course, I didn't completely understand the scope of just how important this information would be to improving the quality of education today. It was pretty eye opening to find there was a piece of technology missing in education. But I didn't realise phonics was it!
When I did the phonics course, it enabled me to see some phenomenal datums and understand exactly what I was reading and writing and realised this was the key to revitalise any appetite for learning and enable a student to use this knowledge that they were studying. I feel very privileged to have studied this phonics course that showed me the 44 sounds of the English language, and how these sounds are represented by individual letters and combinations of letters from the Alphabet. This course makes phonics fun and exciting as it follows procedures in an exact sequence to enable a smooth and gentle gradient of learning.
It is accompanied by lots of pictures to get a better idea of what is being learned, objects that you can touch and feel, and lots of little drills and activities with clay, a CD with the sounds on it to help a student sound out, working from single letters to combinations up through the small words to building sentences. There are also plenty of activities to write and read as the student progresses. What an incredible course!
This course would be suitable for the beginning reader, ESL students and older students, and even has procedures covered for testing the level of the student as well as activities for remedial students. What a phenomenal course!
I know phonics has never been presented like this before. I can see how this valuable information will very shortly be available for all teachers in every school in Australia. It works! But hey, don't just believe me, do it for yourself."
- PO (Master of Teaching)
"I cannot believe how many things I am learning from this course - especially from the viewpoint of someone who gave up on being a teacher!
Just the amazement of clearing the word student: ‘A person who studies in order to learn and to use what he learns in life. He has a purpose.’ As a student for 13 years of schooling and 5 years of tertiary education, no-one drove home the idea of using what I learned or that I had a purpose. I think I spent 18 years ‘studying’ with the hope I would find a purpose at the end!"
"This is my success story on realising how many areas of my life this course has affected - and underpins every training action I have ever done. I have had incredible wins on various and many aspects of the Australian Teaching Modern Phonics Course:
1. As a student in the Applied Scholastics™ Courseroom I have honestly got my hat on as a student - applying correctly the Study Technology and handling the barriers when they arise - with NO time to waste!
2. As an Applied Scholastics™ Instructor - it really helped sort out my misunderstood words on the Instructor’s Course and now I feel armed and completely hatted and ready to build the Applied Scholastics™ East Coast Courseroom - promote (disseminate) phonics and the other Applied Scholastics™ Courses, confidently and effectively.
3. As a Director of Applied Scholastics East Coast (Queensland) my sights are now set and tuned to train up my team of Instructors, get phonics and the Applied Scholastics™ Courses well known in Queensland.
4. To back up / support / contribute in any way I can, the expansion of phonics Australia wide by flowing to / joining forces with Alison when we’re up to our targets to tour Australia and beyond with phonics technology.
Thank you Alison! and L. Ron Hubbard for Study Technology."
- PO (Master of Teaching)