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Systematic, Synthetic Phonics – Shakespeare’s take

In a way that is at least unusual in world education, the technique known as ‘Systematic Synthetic Phonics’ or SSP is now prescribed by law in Britain.

SSP assumes that words consist entirely of sequences of elements known by a characeristic sound. The notion of letters with names is taken to be a needlessly distractiing complication. This implicitly denies any other sort of structure – including syllables, their consituents and the basis of rhythm – both inside words and between them.