I CAN READ centres offer a range of unique reading and writing programs and other literacy programs designed to establish literacy skills from the early age of about 2.5 years onwards. Classes are kept small, between 5 to 8 children per class, although adult classes may be larger. All students are evaluated regularly and are promoted according to ability as soon as they acquire the required skills to support their advancement. Post-reading programmes are closely aligned with the primary school syllabus in each country or, at adult level, with the specialisation the student wishes to follow. All reading programmes, literacy programmes and language programmes are developed and supported by Australian registered psychologists* and the creators of the I Can Read System.
LITTLE BEARS CLUB Focusing on early literacy skills, the Little Bears Club is a delightful intensive programme for very young children from 2.5 years and follows the “From language to literacy” concept developed by Total Literacy and the I Can Read System. These early interactive literacy lessons are designed for very young children to encourage and develop their oral communication skills through a wide variety of child-centered activities that stimulate the child’s perception of the world and develop language. Age range 2.5 years to 4 years.
THINKING AND CREATIVE SKILLS Designed to stimulate the imagination and develop problem-solving skills using language, this program encourages cognitive growth through oral presentation, dramatic play, introduction to phonology (an early literacy prerequisite for learning to read) and appreciation of story. Age range 3.5 years to 4.5 years.
I CAN READ PRELIMINARY Designed to develop both expressive and receptive vocabulary as well as essential pre-reading skills necessary before learning to read. Establishes the child’s phonological abilities, letter formation and the use of phonics in decoding. I Can Read Preliminary precedes the reading programme and is suitable for any age, depending upon ability.
I CAN READ This programme is a multi-sensory structured approach to reading, which uses a unique method to enable students to learn to read quickly and easily. The reading programme includes spelling, oral comprehension and vocabulary. Volume 6 introduces basic grammar, written comprehension, advanced spelling and creative writing. Any age, depending upon ability.
PRE-SCHOOL LITERACY PROGRAMME For the very young child who can decode, this programme addresses handwriting, basic comprehension and more advanced reading.
COMPREHENSION AND CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMME At I Can Read, we have found that the system is so effective that children are learning to be independent readers at a very early age. These children are not yet in primary school and usually need to work on their handwriting, creative writing, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary. To this end, a delightful programme has been developed to address these requirements. The Comprehension and Creative Writing Program has been specifically designed to introduce the young child to an appreciation of literature and at the same time stimulate the imagination and desire to create stories.
ADVANCED LANGUAGE AND LITERACY SKILLS (AUSTRALIA) This programme is adapted for each country where it is taught, following closely the latest syllabus requirements for primary school children in their country or state. It targets both literacy and oral skills components of the child’s development and has a strong emphasis on creative writing and grammar. Designed to support the child’s literacy acquisition through the primary years and improve performance at school, it is suitable for children who can read independently. The programme is divided into three strands: Primary 1-2 (Lower Primary or Stage 1 Primary) Primary 3-4 (Middle Primary or Stage 2 Primary) Primary 5-6 (Upper Primary or Stage 3 Primary)
MASTER OF ENGLISH (MOE) Completely revised and updated for 2013, the MOE is a comprehensive language and reading program for anyone wishing to acquire or improve spoken English. On average, it takes four years or at least 1000 hours of regular instruction and continuous immersion to acquire proficiency in a new language. Ultimately, the speed with which a student becomes fully proficient in English depends on the student’s natural linguistic abilities, application to study or practice of the new language and the effectiveness of the language programme itself. The MOE programme aims to have mature age students speaking at Approaching-Proficiency levels after approximately 200 hours of instruction. The programme is designed to fast-track students through the Pre-Production and Early Production phases so that Intermediate instruction can begin earlier. Students successfully completing the MOE I programme have not only acquired confidence and expression in oral English; they have mastered the English alphabetic system so as to be reading basic text fluently.
MOE COURSES MOE Preliminary and Beginner Instruction: language and reading (80 hours) MOE Early Intermediate Instruction (40 hours) MOE Intermediate Instruction (40 hours) MOE Advanced Studies (40 hours) MOE Extended Studies (40 hours) In MOE Preliminary and Beginner, students are instructed in English phonology and phonics as they learn basic English vocabulary. They simultaneously complete the I CAN READ® reading programme and learn some dialogue to begin speaking, reading and writing. In MOE Early and Intermediate, students work on expanding their vocabulary, improving their comprehension and gaining confidence and proficiency in speaking, reading and writing. The MOE Advanced and Extended programmes refine, enrich and sophisticate students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing so that they become text analysts as opposed to mere text users. It offers social, business and academic spoken and written English, according to the student’s requirement.
SPEECH AND DRAMA available in selected countries.
CREATIVE WRITING available in selected countries.
PUBLIC SPEAKING available in selected countries.