<h1><span style="color: #ff6600;"> WORKPLACE LITERACY WEBKITS</span></h1>

There is substantial mystery about literacy. What we know is that people with a reading problem migrate to employment where reading is not a primary requirement, and they learnt to disguise their disability.

But the workplace has changed. It has become reliant on technology, and reliant on employee skills. And without the ability to read and properly comprehend, workers find it difficult to gain skills - they cannot self-learn, and are reliant on memory and experience. There are many mistakes along this way.

People who can read and comprehend will give you a much greater return on your business investment.  They can become part of your management structure, and learn how to comprehend data, how to absorb information, and how to make decisions.

What does the Literacy Webkit contain?

Every business has different requirements. The most common problem is that your employees were taught to read using the discredited "whole language" approach. The problem with this approach is that "decoding" (sounding out the words) is not tolerated; students are expected to remember the "shape" of words.

Such a concept sounds faintly ridiculous - but "whole language" dominated the Australian education system for nearly 4 decades.

Fantastic Phonics reading program is acknowledged worldwide as a highly successful remedial reading program. It is used to rectify reading problems by teaching, in an explicit, systematic way, the "word-sound correspondences", and develop "phonemic awareness". This is called "phonics".

  • research shows that phonemic awareness is the most important indicator of reading success
  • research also shows that skilled readers also decode because the end of a word (eg, the silent 'e') can change  short vowel to a long vowel)
  • literacy requires a minimum of 45 accurate words a minute. Slower than this and the reader is putting too much brainpower into each word, and does not achieve comprehension.
  • contextual guessing a very poor technique. This means, trying to establish the meaning of a word from the words around it. This is the result of either limited vocabulary or more often, not being able to match the word to vocabulary.

In a nutshell, Fantastic Phonics will re-teach readers how to 'sound out" words and match the sounded words to words in their vocabulary. The program focuses on the "core 220" words which will allow immediate decoding of 50%-70% of English text. At the same time it teaches the technique of phonic decoding, which ultimately decodes nearly 98% of words in the English vocabulary.

Fantastic Phonics is designed as a self-teaching tool for adults. There are 60 storybooks, covering 48 phonics 'sounds" which can be printed onto A4 office paper. The program explains in a practical way, the different sound and spelling styles, by using rhyme. There are spelling and comprehension quizzes for each storybook and, overall, the program is 480 pages which is compiled into 3 volumes (Series One, Series Two, Series Three)

The program has a teaching guide for each storybook, and a free 16 week curriculum which was developed by US-based Research Triangle Institute in conjunction with Vocational Literacy.

We also provide a benchmarking tool that will assist you in knowing the current literacy level of each individual.

In addition, we provide assistance with business documents - helping make the meaning clear and converting to decodable text, where possible, and adding explanations where relevant.

In addition, your business might have specific requirements - recurring words, a need to understand graphs and timetables, or a need understand project timelines, quantities, measurements or spatial concepts. We will develop programs which help explain the specific concepts you require.

How long will it take

People have different literacy levels. It is important that they are benchmarked. so you can document improvement.

After benchmarking, different people will have different speeds. Series One of Fantastic Phonics deals with the basic building blocks. It is possible that some people are familiar with the basic single syllable words, but are confused with how to decode two and three syllable words.

Also, people often are confused with English spellings, the way the same sound can be spelt two ways and have two meanings; eg floor and flaw, bore and boar, to and too, their and there and they're.

Learning English is a lifelong task. As our knowledge increases we encounter more complex words, but more important, we encounter deeper nuance and meaning from the same set of words, simply by changing the punctuation.