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[Susan notes: The final sentence in Krashen's submission was omitted in the published version: If we are interested in developing reading ability, the concentration should be on libraries, not heavy phonics.]

Published in The Australian

To the editor

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chief Robert Randall wants a concentration on phonics because of its importance in developing reading ability.

The research says that intensive phonics instruction does not lead to better performance on tests of reading comprehension.

The research says that those who read better are those who have done more real reading for pleasure, and children with more access to books do more reading for pleasure.

Stephen Krashen, USC Professor Emeritus

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