We support anyone with low levels of literacy by providing credible, affordable literacy interventions for ages eight and above.
Yes, Units of Sound is used in FE colleges and offender institutions.
Units of Sound starts with three letter (cvc) words and is a second chance literacy tool. If you do use it with a seven year old, you need to be sure they are ready for it and are not still on the Active Literacy Kit level.
No. Units of Sound is a structured, multi-sensory literacy tool that works well for students with dyslexia. However, it has also been proven to help learners with generally low levels of literacy.
Students are able to record, listen back and self-assess their reading, which helps with pronunciation. The built-in repetition in all activities is great for students with English as an additional language.
Placement is our version of an initial assessment. It is a reading and spelling test to find out what the gaps in knowledge are. The individual then starts the programme at a level that is right for them.
Spelling, Memory and Dictation scores are monitored automatically in the program and the tutor can access details and scores via the online records. Reading is monitored one to one using the ready-made additional reading materials.
Units of Sound is based on breaking down sounds in words and recognising patterns. These are important skills to develop reading and spelling.
You need a computer with sound capabilities for playback and recording, either Windows or Macintosh, that has an up to date version of Adobe Flash Player. You will also need a good quality headset with microphone connected to the computer, ideally a noise cancelling headset.
The Practitioner’s Course shows you how to use Units of Sound most effectively with your students, so that everyone gets the most out of the tool.