The department's research team looks at the theory that underpins learning to read and write, working alongside teachers to develop a range of practical interventions across a number of different areas including:
Oral language impairments or hearing impairments;
The role of motivation and self-esteem in reading progress;
The links between spoken language skills and literacy development.
Here at Rising Stars we were particularly interested in the research being conducted into the links between spoken language skills and literacy development.
Research has already shown that the understanding of the sounds, rhythms and structures of spoken language (speech rhythm sensitivity) is fundamental to a child’s reading development, and that children who struggle with reading frequently lack this sensitivity.
However the latest research from Coventry University has shown that speech rhythm sensitivity can be trained and enhanced with simple activities to help all children become confident independent readers. It is these simple activities have been embedded into our Reading Planet resources.