Friday, September 22, 2023

Reading is natural - A second look


"The task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see every day." -- Erwin Schrödinger (1887 - 1961)

Please read my blog post on Tim Rasinski and his tweets before continuing with this. LINK

Tim Rasinski says that reading is not natural and he bases his argument on what David Boulton and his team have depicted in Children of the Code.


If talking is natural, then reading is just as natural. As pointed out in my blog at LINK kids learn to talk by imitating others. A child living in India picks up several languages by being exposed to them but cannot even speak a word of English if he has not been exposed to it.

If I take a 6-year-old child, sit him beside me and start off with reading a simple book in Malay and asking him to repeat it after me while following the words in the book he will be able to read within 3 months. All it would take is to do this for half an hour every day. When a child learns to speak he is listening to speech every waking minute and we call learning a language natural. So, if a kid just repeats what he sees in a book, with no explanation whatsoever he will be able to read. Is that not natural?

Learning to read in Malay is easier than learning to read in English because in the Malay language, the only letter that represents more than one sound is the letter E.

To say that learning to read is unnatural therefore is inaccurate.

Learning to read in English will take a little longer as almost all the letters represent more than one sound. I have explained this in my videos at LINK and LINK.

The people with a vested interest misinform the public because dyslexia is big business.

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