Questioning phonemes

24th July 1998 at 01:00
ACCORDING to Diane McGuinness, there is an avalanche of scientific data to show that "phoneme awareness" is important for reading success (TES, July 10). How, then, is it possible for people who lack such awareness to read?

I have investigated the "phoneme awareness"of a wide range of acknowledged good readers. My research showed that the great majority of good readers have very little "phoneme awareness", unless they happen to be teachers of phonics.

If "phoneme awareness" is necessary for reading, then how do people read without it?

Jeff Hynds Alexandra Road Biggin Hill, Kent

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