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Samuel Orton

Samuel Orton

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Samuel Orton

Science of Reading Instruction


Have you ever heard of Samuel Orton? He is a pioneer in the science of reading instruction. He recommended systematic and explicit phonics instruction to teaching reading. Studies have shown that this is the best way to teach students to read.

 I can testify to a systematic and explicit phonics approach to reading. In school, my two sons received whole language instruction in reading. They had difficulty learning to read until I became a member of the International Dyslexia Association. I learned about the multi-sensory systematic and explicit phonics instruction to reading. This approach helped the boys decode for reading and spelling. After they learned to decode words, they could then work on their reading comprehension. As a teacher, I use this systematic and explicity phonics approach to reading and have found it to be very successful.

 Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948) was an American physician who pioneered the study of learning disabilities especially in the area of reading. Orton worked with psychologist Anna Gillingham who introduced a systematic and orderly approach of categorizing and teaching a set of 70 phonograms representing the 44 speech sounds (phonemes) found in the English language. Since his death in 1948, Orton’s name has been associated with the Orton-Gillingham teaching method which is a multi-sensory systematic and explicit approach to teaching reading.

 Fisher Hill has four series that support the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. The first series is English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker. This series uses a systematic and explicit approach to teaching the forty-four speech sounds. These sounds are used for reading and spelling. The other series can be used in conjunction with this first series. They are English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker, English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker, and English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker. You can see all of these books at our website.

English Reading and Spelling

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to see our workbooks for Spanish-speaking teens and adults who want to learn how to read and write in English.