The name Toe by Toe was chosen to signify that a student makes progress by the tiniest steps – one toe at a time. However, even though the steps taken are small, the student can clearly measure their progress right from the first page. The student’s confidence and self-esteem are boosted as a result.
Over 25 years of fieldwork went into the development of the system and it is this research which makes the method so easy to use. You don’t have to be trained in any field of Education to tutor with Toe by Toe. In fact, the manual often works better with non professionals using it as they do not come to the task with any pre-conceived notions and thus simply follow the very detailed instructions to the letter.
The unique syllable division is very easy to use though it is not the syllable division generally used for the teaching of reading. Once the sound of a phoneme has been taught using the ‘polynons’ (nonsense words), these rules can be applied to any multi-syllabic word & students find a whole new world of reading opening before their eyes.
No matter the nature of the student’s literacy problem, they can be taught using Toe by Toe. The severity of their problem may only be reflected in the length of time needed to get through the book. Indeed, if the system is used with a ‘non-dyslexic’ child (i.e. one without learning difficulties) the rapid improvement in reading age is truly astonishing.
Frank Cowling: Born in West Yorkshire, he graduated from the University of Manchester in 1976 with a degree in Mathematics (Pure & Applied). He then travelled the world for a few years before training as a secondary Mathematics teacher. Frank had moved into TEFL teaching during his traveling days and has the RSA Diploma to go along with his PGCE and B.Sc. He spent 15 years teaching in Hong Kong, Seoul and Brunei before returning to the U.K. in 1998 to join his mother working at Keda Publications - publishers of Toe by Toe. When he is not actively teaching, most of his time these days is spent working on the development of new literacy resources or presenting workshops and seminars on the use of Keda's resources. Over the last few years, he has presented well received Toe by Toe workshops in Europe, North America and East Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand.
|Course date||14-01-2021 7:00 pm|
|Course End Date||14-01-2021 8:00 pm|
|Cut off date||14-01-2021 11:00 am|
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