Here is a comment by another reader of Shanahan's blog:
Debbie HepplewhiteJul 24, 2017 06:45 AMHi Tim,
I wonder if Luqman Michel was actually referring to the pronunciation of letters with an added "uh" which can be misleading rather than suggesting it is 'phonics' as such that is causing the problem?
I've watched part of the video and note that the pronunciation of phonemes as beginning sounds in words is not that great.
Instead of saying /k/, for example, the narrator/singer says /k+u/. Instead of /s/, /s+u/, instead of /m/, /m+u/ and so on.