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[Susan notes: This looks like an example of newspaper article written from press release. Good for Steve for calling them on it.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

“Website helps users develop reading skills” (May 11,

page 9D) is an inaccurate headline. The IBM website

described in the article listens to readers read aloud

and corrects their errors. The headline assumes that

this helps readers improve. There is, however, good

evidence showing that we learn to read by

understanding texts, not by reading aloud and being

corrected, and that the ability to read aloud is the

result of knowing how to read, not the cause. I

suggest USA Today consult reputable experts in

reading, and not just rely on IBM press releases when

reporting these kinds of “breakthroughs.”

Stephen Krashen

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