Q. Will The Sound Way work for my children and me ?

A. Yes! Experts now agree that Direct Instruction teaching of phonics is the most effective method of providing reading instruction. The Sound Way programs are the only interactive face-to-face video teaching programs that teach advanced phonics skills while combining them with the rules of English spelling.

Whether your child is a six-year-old above average reader, a 17-year-old struggling with spelling and reading problems, or a mature 65-year-old adult; this program is designed to provide them with the advanced phonetical skills and knowledge that will allow them to unlock almost any word in the English language.

Q. Is The Sound Way effective with adults ?

A. Yes, the senior program works extremely well with adult learners. The Sound Way works powerfully with all – regardless of age, nationality, or past learning experiences.

Q. Does The Sound Way work with those who have English as a Second Language (ESL Students) ?

A. Emphatically yes! Used around the world, The Sound Way programs fast-track clear speaking and enunciation of English words, while at the same time developing and giving practice in the important skills of English Reading, writing and spelling. (See "Success Stories - International Testimonials" click here)

Q. What results can I expect ?

A. Average improvement of two to three years in reading and spelling proficiency skills in a 10-12 week period, whether using the Junior or Senior programs. Older and more mature students have recorded improvements of more than six years in their reading ability and four years in their spelling ability in one term. 

Q. Who are best suited for The Sound Way programs ?

A. All primary school children –regardless of current age or ability level.

  • Remedial primary school children - including those diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning disabilities.
  • Remedial secondary school students and all secondary students whose testing on a Standardized Spelling Test shows them to be more than one year below their chronological age. (See Free Tests on the Home page menu)
  • TAFE and VET students in need of improved literacy skills.
  • Adults in the workplace in need of improved literacy skills.
  • All International students. (ESL)

Q. Is The Sound Way effective for those with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, etc ?

A. Yes, powerfully so!!! The programs provide the added benefit of a positive change and improvement in the participants’ self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence; which many teachers have reported are bringing major behavioural changes within their classrooms.

Q. How does The Sound Way line up with the latest literacy research ?

A. The attributes of the types of programs recommended by the U.S., Australian and U.K. National Literacy Reviews and Reports of the early 2000s, had already been in existance and incorporated in The Sound Way programs since early 1994! The major features being:

  • Phonic based – The Sound Way teaches all 45 sounds of the English language (phonemes) and the 75 ways of representing these sounds on paper (phonograms).
  • Multisensory - Uses all four of the possible learning avenues into the brain. Students – HEAR-the sounds, -SAY-the sounds, -WRITE-the sounds, - READ-the sounds.
  • Sequentially Developed – The Sound Way starts students with the simple and progressively moves them up to the more complex - from words like "go" and "at"; to words like "proficiency" and "conscientious".
  • Cumulative - The sequential development of the body of knowledge contained in The Sound Way program leaves the students equipped with a complete understanding and working knowledge of the structure of English words.

Q. How easy is The Sound Way to implement ?

A. Home Programs:

It's actually very easy! The Sound Way Home Program online lessons contain all the necessary instructions for a home learner to successfully complete the program. Even though most of these instructions are embedded in the videos themselves, a Home User Instruction video is also included with the package. Parents don’t need to pre-learn any material or part of the program before their children can commence. The Instruction video deals with matters such as how frequently lessons should be done and ways in which parents can be more supportive and encouraging when overseeing younger children's progress.

B. School, College and Workplace Programs:

The 12-hour online Teacher/Facilitator Inservice and Training Course, along with the Teacher/Facilitator Instruction Manual accompanying the School, College and Workplace programs make it extremely easy to implement. The program only requires a committed and motivated facilitator. This person does not necessarily have to be an accredited teacher.

Q. Who developed The Sound Way and why ?

A. The Sound Way to Spelling, Writing and Reading program was developed and produced by West Australian Craig Henderson. Craig, who is a highly qualified trainer and teacher, began his career back in the early 1970's. Since 1988 his focus and effort have been solely devoted to researching, developing, producing and refining the optimal approach to the teaching of the fundamental literacy skills of English spelling, writing and reading.

Craig's research commenced in 1988 after observing a major decline in the literacy standards of Australian and overseas students. Deciding there must be a more effective and efficient way to teach these fundamental skills, he ventured out embarking upon a worldwide search to find a solution to this most serious of problems. After years of painstaking research and development the answers and the solution finally came. These answers with the solution are now clearly documented, presented and made available to all through the ground-breaking online video series, The Sound Way to Spelling, Writing and Reading.

The first video version of The Sound Way program was produced in 1994. Within two years of being released The Sound Way was receiving national acclaim with schools receiving major National Literacy Awards; its dramatic effect on students’ literacy abilities being repeatedly featured on national television. Today thousands upon thousands of lives are continuing to be changed as the reputation and success of the program continues to grow, both internationally; as well as at home in Australia.

Craig has more than forty years of educational experience, qualifications in teacher-training from the USA and Australia, as well as a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from Cambridge University and the Royal Society of Arts. In 1996 his courses were awarded both State and National Accreditation status by the Skills Standard and Accreditation Board of Western Australia; now the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia

Married since 1973, Craig and his wife Maria have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Q. How long does The Sound Way take to complete ?

A. SENIOR PROGRAM

In Homes: 12 Weeks - requiring less than 4 hours per week and completing three lessons per week.

In Schools: One Term - requiring 1½ hours per day; completing 5 lessons per week including the 10 Minute Daily Sentence Construction Exercise.

RTOs and VET Centres: 10 Week Timetable requiring one 1½ hours lesson to be completed per day, Mon. – Fri; alternatively, 5 Week Timetable – requiring two lessons to be completed per day, Mon. - Fri.

*All of the above can be adapted to suit circumstances.*

JUNIOR PROGRAM

In Homes: 18 weeks requiring approx 3 hours per week and completing three lessons per week.

In Schools: 11 weeks requiring approx. 1¼ hours per day, completing 5 lessons per week including Sentence Construction Exercise.

Q. What do The Sound Way programs comprise of ?

A. RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

Senior - Residential
  • Introductory Video
    • Online access to the residentialcourse set of 35 x 40-min. Senior Sound Way Lessons on video
  • Online access to the complete set of Marking Workshop Lessons 6 – 34 videos
    • PDF of thestudent Senior Manual
    • PDF of thestudent Workshop Book 1
    • Online access to the set of Phonic Practice Video Drills
Junior- Residential
  • Online Introductory Video
  • Online access to the complete course set of 53 x 35-min. Junior Sound Way Lessons on video
    • PDF of thestudent Junior Manual
    • PDF of thestudent Workshop Book
    • Online access to the set of Phonic Practice Video Drills

B. SCHOOL AND COLLEGE PROGRAMS

  • PDF of the Teacher/Facilitator Manual
  • Online access to the Two Day Teacher/Facilitator Training Course on video (8 sessions – approx. 1½ hour/session).
  • Online Introductory Video.
  • Online access to the complete course set of 53 x 35-min. Junior Sound Way Lessons on video.
  • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Cards (75).
  • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Wall-charts (3) .
    • PDF of thestudent Junior Manual
    • PDF of thestudent Workshop Book.
    • Online access to the set of Phonic Practice Video Drills.

C. WORKPLACE PROGRAMS

Senior Program - School and Workplace
  • PDF of the Teacher/Facilitator Manual
  • Online access to the Two Day Teacher/Facilitator Training Course on video
    • (8 sessions – approx. 11/2 hour/session)
  • Online Introductory Video
  • Online access to the complete course set of 50 x 40-min. Senior Sound Way Lessons on video
  • Online access to the complete set of Marking Workshop Lessons 6 – 34 videos
    • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Cards (75)
    • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Wall-charts (3)
    • PDF of the student Senior Manual
    • PDF of the student Workshop Book 1
    • PDF of the student Workshop Book 2
    • Online access to the set of Phonic Practice Video Drills
Junior Program - School
  • PDF of the Teacher/Facilitator Manual
  • Online access to the Two Day Teacher/Facilitator Training Course on video
    • (8 sessions – approx. 11/2 hour/session)
  • Online Introductory Video
  • Online access to the complete course set of 53 x 35-min. Junior Sound Way Lessons on video
  • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Cards (75)
  • PDF of the set of Phonic Practice Wall-charts (3)
    • PDF of thestudent Junior Manual
    • PDF of thestudent Workshop Book
    • Online access to the set of Phonic Practice Video Drills

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