AKSES TO READING
- Written English is an
important form of the language. It records words in a permanent and
- Nearly everyone agrees: Too
many Americans (as many as 50 percent) cannot read or write well
enough to achieve their potential capabilities.
- Nearly everyone agrees: Someone
should do something about it; whatever it takes to bring
about universal literacy.
- The major cause of poor
English literacy has been known for centuries but that fact is not
acknowledged nor even discussed openly by experts in education,
psychology, and linguistics, because ....
- Experts seek the educational
equivalent of the "holy grail," a teaching method
guaranteed to banish illiteracy. That search always failed in the past and
will not succeed in the future, because....
fail to read, not because of the way they are taught, but because
of the nature of what they
must learn in order to read and write:
- Traditional writing uses
sequences of letters arbitrarily defined as correct spelling. Very
few children have the visual memory and recall abilities to learn it on
their own. Most have great difficulty acquiring the word skills and
memorized spellings they need. Many never do.
- Often very young children
"invent" simple writing systems directly from the internal oral
word lists they use for speech. Such transparent writing systems
make reading and writing as easy for children as speaking and
understanding spoken English.
- AKSES is an easily
learned transparent writing system that children and adults master
intuitively. It offers universal literacy to all Americans.
Index and Page Links
The Chaos of English The true nature of conventional sound-letter
relationships (so-called alphabetic principle).
English Is Broken, but Take Heart, WE CAN FIX IT! Why English is hard to read and what we can
do about it.
Quick Tour of AKSES
Notable Quotes from these pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
How and Why It Works
Printed Text -- Examples - Discussion, Poetry,
and Historical Speech
Implementation -- An Orthographic revolution?
Dictionary – Concepts
for a spelling-to-AKSES transliteration program.
About the Author
Return to Initial Page
Spelling Dearest -- This
fascinating book is a blow-by-blow description of how English spelling got so
Published October 20, 1998 (Last worked on 10/18/09) - James H.