British study questions efficacy of synthetic phonics

02/2/2006 | Guardian (London), The

The British government announced plans late last year to use synthetic phonics to teach reading, but a study commissioned for the Department of Education and Skills has found that the approach, while promising, does not conclusively improve a child's spelling or reading comprehension. Researchers recommended that until more study is done, teachers use the system in "a judicious balance" with other methods.

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