With regard to his concerns about the "growing trade deficit" in innovation, might I suggest that he uses the new TES Internet Service to access Denyse Ritchie's letter from Western Australia, "Support home-grown reading aid" (March 1, 1996) and reads the Sheffield local education authority report of November 1995. In January, while visiting England, I attended a one-day course on Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills. It more than fulfilled my high expectations and I can see why it is already becoming well-established in Australia. He asks, "Wonder what we are offering them in return?" - only the biggest innovation in the teaching of English worldwide.
MATT GOULDEN Goulden's InTuition Gosford North NSW 2250, Australia