Units of Sound is for anyone who wants to improve their reading or spelling. It’s suitable for children from eight upwards, and for adults of all ages.
Yes, Units of Sound is used in FE colleges and offender institutions. There will also be a home version and single user licence available in 2016.
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.
Yes. Units of Sound is a highly structured and multi-sensory literacy tool so works very well for students with dyslexia.
Yes. Students are able to record, listen back and self-check 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 like a reading and spelling test to find the gaps in knowledge. The individual then starts the program at the 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. Visual clues would take away from practising these skills.
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.