HOW SRS WORKS

 SRS Changes the Way The Brain Reads

Sound Reading Solutions teaches the nine critical skills in reading by activating the three areas of the brain.English Language Learners can learn to read and enjoy the process of learning in a natural manner while making sense of the confusing English spelling system. 

Learning Objectives:

  • English language learners must build their auditory skills in order to identify and discriminate these foreign English sounds.
  • Then they must develop phonemic awareness, which is the ability to process individual sounds in spoken words. 

Phonics is a kind of instruction that focuses on the different sounds letters make. Anyone who is learning to read in English needs to learn phonemic awareness first. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear all the different sounds in a word. If a reader cannot hear the different sounds they will be unable to tell a long vowel from a short one. Reading English is easier than speaking this difficult language. 

Auditory instruction is necessary to understanding and process the “code” of the English Writing system. Making strong and accurate connections between spoken and written words in English is fluency. Spanish is significantly different from that of English, particularly in the aspects of vowel sounds and sentence stress. English has 18 vowel sounds and the length of the vowel sound plays an important role. It is not surprising, therefore, that Spanish learners may have great difficulty in producing or even perceiving the various English vowel sounds. Spanish speakers, in particular, probably find English pronunciation harder than speakers of any other European language.

Sound Reading looks like a phonics program.

Yes, you will see a lot of letters and sounds in Sound Reading. But unlike phonics programs, which focus on printed
words, Sound Reading develops a student’s ability to process speech sounds and spoken words called phonemic
awareness. The National Reading Panel found that phonics rarely works unless phonemic awareness is fully developed. Students with little phonics instruction and who struggle with specific sounds in the English language will pick up reading skills in weeks with Sound Reading.

Sound Reading doesn’t seem intense enough.

Many reading programs teach reading by hammering the student with intense, repetitive instruction, forcing facts into their memory. This type of instruction is rarely motivating. In fact, drill and skill instruction has repeatedly been shown to weaken attention and slow learning. Sound Reading replaces intensity with working memory activities. Working memory is activated when we have to think about the meaning or structure of two words at the same time. This type of memory activity is the brain’s direct route to rapid, long-term learning. Another way Sound Reading replaces intensity is with spiral instruction. Each of the 20 activities is chunked into short exercises that are distributed over the length of the software and readers. Thanks to our use of recent breakthroughs in cognitive psychology, Sound Reading changes not just what a student learns but also how they learn it.

 How can you possibly get the type of results you claim?

When you do things differently you get different results, for too long students have suffered under “challenging” instruction. We focus on listening and reasoning difficulties and don’t waste time on complex, round about methods used by traditional instruction.  Sound Reading has been tested on tens of thousands of students.

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