Phonic puzzle

4th April 1997 at 01:00
The Campaign for Real Education, through Stewart Deuchar, again makes a plea for the primacy of phonics in the teaching of reading.

In trying to decide on my own practice, one thing about this approach bothers me. If phonics underpins the teaching of reading, how is it that children who have been profoundly deaf since birth and children whose home language scripts are based on idiograms not lettersound relationships, can be taught to read well?

JOHN GRIFFITHS 12 Kempton Avenue Northolt, Middlesex

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