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Why Teach Phonics When the English Spelling System Is So Irregular?

Dr. Louisa Moats, author of the LETRS professional development program for teachers, says the English spelling system is complex but also predictable and teachable. By understanding phoneme-grapheme correspondences and how spelling represents where a word came from, teachers can explain the spelling for about 90% of words.

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Louisa Moats


Louisa Moats

Dr. Louisa Moats is a nationally recognized authority on how children learn to read and why some struggle to learn. Widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Moats has developed the landmark professional development program LETRS for teachers and reading specialists.