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K-1 Phonetics-First Writing and Reading with Truespel and Beyond

It has been found that children make up their own phonetics in order to write, and those that do are among the best readers.  Now it is possible to use truespel phonetics for initial writing and reading to enhance phonemic awareness as well as making writing easy to do in regular letters phonetically.  There are many other uses, such as interventions, assessments, and ESL.  Truespel is free on the internet at and links to phonics because it's phonics based with many phonics studies to show frequency of spelling of the 40 US English phonemes.  See 

Free and Open Reading and Writing Resources!

Jeff Goumas has just posted a discussion, "Free & Open Resources for Academic, Employability, and 21st-Century Skills,"  providing information about an amazing set of materials in many disciplines, including Reading and Writing, which is right up our alley.

Writing phonetically helps learning to read - time for truespel

A Harvard study this year found that kindergarten students who tried to write using their own phonetic system were the best readers.  This shows that they crave a phonetic system which is modeled after traditional spelling as much as possible.  Truespel phonetics provides this system with one spelling for each of US English 40 phonemes adopting best choice phonics for the phonemes.  Truespel tutorials and a converter are free on the internet.  Learn about phoneme frequency in text also.  See .

MLoTs HyperDoc

I created the attached HyperDoc for a professional development training on teaching vocabulary and fluency. Please let me know your thoughts or questions!

Reading, Listening & Writing Homework for Beginners

Hello colleagues, I'll be teaching a 6-week summer class with beginners after the 4th of July holiday. The learners will have a little bit of English, so they are not at the very lowest level, but not really high beginners yet. Learners in this class typically have a literacy foundation in their primary language.

Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy


I want to call your attention a quasi-experimental design research report released today by SRI Education/SRI Internatiional that was based on a multi year study of five adult basic skills education online or blended learning products for reading or math, and was funded by the Joyce Foundation. Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy Guide

Reading and Writing Colleagues,

I want to call your attention to this new free publication by Amy Trawick based on the PIAAC conceptual framework, and with concrete, practical ideas for teaching reading.

This might be a good guide for a professional development reading group!

David J. Rosen


Struggling Readers/ How can we determine the level of intervention needed?

I am trying to find an effective way to determine what kind of intervention an adult learner needs if they are struggling with reading.  

COABE 2016 Take-aways


The COABE 2016 Annual Conference, in Dallas, has ended. Despite the large turnout, at least 2,000 people I was told, this wonderful opportunity for professional development was only available to a small number of people from our field. I would like to ask our colleagues who attended to describe for those in the LINCS community who could not attend the conference what you learned, loved, and think you will benefit from. Let’s share what we learned.


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