ReadSpeak Ltd

The English, Reading and Memory programme was researched and developed by John Callahan with the intention of delivering a radical reform of foundation literacy and language provision as a whole. The programme is intended to ensure the maintenance and development of harmonious relations between individuals and the diverse groups in New Zealand society.The programme provides new capacity building capability to strengthen the performance of state, community and voluntary groups. The customised learning theory and practice is intended to eventually close the gap between New Zealand’s best and poorest achievers.

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Participation: Learning in a social group.

The programme provides:

  • learners with absolute assurance that they can be skilfully educated.
  • learners with the confidence to do things that they would resist doing by themselves by learning together in a their social group
  • confidence to teachers that they will be able to effectively deliver literacy and linguistic skills.

Key services

  • Family and social community participation.
  • The provision of:
  1. a specialised library assisting with learning to live in New Zealand . The library is a vital adaptation to the changing needs of our community.
  2. A Prosodic assessment assessing the automatic understanding of phonology and text as well as  spoken expression. The Prosodic assessment is an observation of the learners automatic control of basic structures, sentence patterns and phrasing of written and spoken language.
  3. Guided mastery training leading to the accquisition of accurate, natural and extensive English pronunciation and speech. This is a necessary for being able to read with understanding.
  4. New technology allowing learners to learn-and also to live in the twenty-first century. Broadband access allows learners outside schools to access foundation learning. A YouTube library complements the book library in the provisioning of graded and extensive models of authentic English language, culture and background knowledge.
Project 2012
Key targets include :
  • Delivering quality distance learning into work, home and diverse social and cultural environments.
  • Working with diverse cultural learning groups and their volunteer tutors in teaching and learning to read with understanding and speak English with fluency and expression.
  • Working with educational psychologists to teach learners with working memory needs. These learners will include learners with dyslexia, dyspraxia, A.Dh.D and high functioning autism.
  • Providing assistance to individual learners who need assistance with English, reading and memory development.

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