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I Can Read China Chang Chun and Chong Qing Grand Opening



Our 3rd and 4th I Can Read centre has officially opened in China!

We are ecstatic to announce the recent opening of our I Can Read centre in Chang Chun and Chong Qing, China.


CHANG CHUN
No. 539 Ju Ye Street (East of Zhuo Zhan Supermarket), Chang Chun City, Ji Lin Province
Ph: 0431-82622345
Email: jingyue@icanreadasia.cn



CHONG QING
Starry Street, North Shore Rd-258, Level 2, Jiangbei District, Chongqing
Ph: 13508337080
Email: chongqing@icanreadasia.cn
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Chong Qing Grand Opening Event



Our 4th I Can Read centre has officially opened in China, Chong Qing!

We are ecstatic to announce the recent opening of our I Can Read centre in Chong Qing, China and a Grand Opening Event was held on 4 February 2018.

A total of 400 parents and their children joined us for this special occasion! Parents had the first look at our newly renovated centre and they were introduced to our I Can Read methodology.

All attendees went home with an exclusive I Can Read tote bag and the children participated in our colouring contest!

For more information on our I Can Read courses, please call 13508337080 or email chongqing@icanreadasia.cn 


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WE HAVE THE BEST READING PROGRAMME!



Why is I Can Read the world's best reading programme?  Why is I Can Read the parent's system of choice?

It is because no other reading programme can make the following claims:
  • Created by educational psychologist following years of research.
  • Created by educators with the following qualifications: PhD, BA, MA, Hons, DipEd, Master of Letters, Literature, Linguistics and Psychology majors, thesis based on research into reading acquisition and over 15 years field work.
  • ICR creators are also the authors of “Dealing with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties” published by Pearson Education.
  • Is a proven programme trialled in Singapore and overseas and backed by statistical data.
  • Has successfully taught over 170,000 students.
  • Has been hailed by Professor Brian Byrne (author of The Alphabetic Principle) as being in line with current research into optimum ways to teach reading.
If you choose I Can Read, you are choosing a reputable system which has proven itself over 16 years, is the market leader and is supported by professionals in the field.  The evidence is clear: you can't go wrong with I Can Read!

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I Can Read China Xiamen Grand Opening



Our 7th I Can Read centre has officially opened in China, Xiamen (Si Ming)!

We are ecstatic to announce the recent opening of our I Can Read centre in Xiamen (Si Ming), China and a Grand Opening Event was held on 9 June 2018.

A total of 300 parents and their children joined us for this special occasion! Parents had the first look at our newly renovated centre and they were introduced to our I Can Read methodology.

All attendees went home with an exclusive I Can Read tote bag and the children participated in our colouring contest!

For more information on our I Can Read courses, please call 13328312219 or email siming@icanreadasia.cn

Centre's Address: 3H, LianFu Mansion, #2 west LianQian Road, Siming District, Xiamen

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Dalian Grand Opening



The wait is finally over! The market leader in English enrichment in Singapore has finally made its way to China.

It is with great excitement that we can announce the much-anticipated opening of our very first I Can Read centre in China, Dalian.

The grand opening was held last weekend and we are extremely thankful for the turnout. Over 300 parents and their children joined us to celebrate this eventful day!

All attendees were treated to scrumptious food and the children took part in colouring activities. Everybody was delighted to see the new I Can Read centre come to life!

We are now eagerly anticipating the month of March 2017, as we will be opening our second branch in China, Xi’An.

For more information, please call 041-182776103 or email qingniwaqiao@icanread.asia

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XiAn Grand Opening



Our 2nd I Can Read centre has officially opened in China, Xi’An!

We are ecstatic to announce the recent opening of our I Can Read centre in Xi’An, China.

A total of 500 parents and their children joined us for our grand opening that was held on 26th March 2017. Parents had the first look at our newly renovated centre and our Executive Director, Mr Ngo Tong Yong gave an opening speech to all attendees with an introduction to our I Can Read methodology.

All attendees went home with an exclusive I Can Read tote bag and the children participated in our colouring contest!

For more information on our I Can Read courses, please call 029-86697773 or email kejiroad@icanread.asia


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Sports Day Event at Dandelion Kindergarten, Dalian



I Can Read China, Dalian had their very first sports day event held in conjunction with Dandelion Kindergarten on 3 June 2017!

What a fun and exhilarating day for the kids over at Dandelion Kindergarten! I Can Read Dalian was extremely excited to be part of this sports day event which was held on 3 June 2017 in collaboration with the kindergarten. Close to 300 kids alongside their parents attended this event and there was nothing short of fun.

Interesting activities were prepared by Dalian’s centre staff with some help from the Headquarters team. Both parents and their children played games such as “Dragon Boat Race”, “Passing the Sweet” and “Ball Tossing”. Everyone loved the games and there were so much joy and laughter spreading around the event area. Each child was given an I Can Read goody bag in appreciation for their participation.

The event ended off with a prize-giving ceremony. Winners of the games were given a prize and I Can Read was presented a thank you certificate from the principal of Dandelion Kindergarten!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dandelion Kindergarten and all the participants who had helped made this event a success!


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WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO LEARNING LITERACY SKILLS?



A good instructional approach to reading lessons will make explicit the manner in which sounds combine to create words. It will teach students that accessing the sounds accurately makes pronunciation clearer. 

As students become aware of how sounds blend together, they realise that whole, meaningful words are actually an array of smaller sounds which can be added or subtracted, stretched and blended in the process of word construction. Thus by the time these students move on to looking at letters, what they are able to demonstrate is that letters representing sounds combine, as do sounds and are in fact pictures of sound. This is the first essential stage on the way to learning to read the English language. 

However, it is by no means the end of the story. English is a hybrid language and lacks an agreed rule system for its grammatical constructs, its syntactical outlines and most confusing, for the pronunciation of strings of letters or combinations of letters that combine to complete words. 

Take the letter a. It can represent several different sounds, as in words like cat, gate, was, any, tall, bath and area. Or take the combination of letters ough. It is impossible to know the correct pronunciation of these letters. In the word cough, the sounds are /k/-/o/-/f/.

Now take the word bough. The sounds are now /b/-/ow/ (as in cow). With the same letter sequence in words like though, through and enough, one can see that learning to read in English means knowing how to access the sound array accurately at all times. To not be able to do this means having to guess and hoping to get lucky in the attempt, frequently resulting in reading difficulties.

As English is not rule-bound, it cannot be learned by rules. The challenge faced by educators in recent times is how to empower children to accurately access the sound sequence. Once the foundational requirement to accurately manipulate the phonological array has been taught, the next challenge is how to guarantee accurate pronunciation of the sequence. 

As you saw by the example above, pronouncing the same group of letters is not always straightforward. Many words in English are unpredictable with regard to pronunciation. There has been a need for some time to create an instructional approach that would remove the confusion and ambiguities that can arise when group of letters combine in unpredictable ways. 

Children must know whether to say /off/ or /ow/ (for example) in a word like cough. Additionally many words in written English contain letters that seemingly make no contribution to the pronunciation of the word. This can lead to confusion and reading difficulties for any student. A word like apple could as easily be written /apl/ where the three sounds are all present and eliminating the remaining letters /p/ and /e/.

Historical conventions are not easy to override and few have tried or succeeded. Webster managed to eliminate a few anomalies in written English and changed colour to color for instance, but what has happened is that generally the spelling conventions established by the 17th century have remained in place since and have been impervious to change, notwithstanding the differences between written British English and written American English.


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WHY DO SOME STRUGGLE WITH READING?



There are a number of contributing factors as to why many children have reading difficulties. They are comprehensively covered in the book, Dealing with Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties, written by registered psychologists and founders of I Can Read Antony Earnshaw and Annabel Seargeant and published by Pearson Education. 

The authors, who have spent nearly 15 years investigating reading development as research psychologists, support the view that in general, poor reading skills are the consequence of ineffective and inadequate instructional approaches.

What this means is that, in general, children fail to learn to read English easily or well because they are not taught properly. Well-meaning teachers may have exposed students to the alphabet prematurely, making it confusing for a beginner reader who has not yet developed sufficient pre-reading skills such as syllabic and phonemic awareness.

Through our reading programmes taught by Reading Specialists, I Can Read ensures that learning how to read is a rewarding and fun process for children.

Contact an I Can Read Centre near you today for more information or to book a diagnostic reading assessment. 


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