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NSU professor launches book for teaching sounds of English language

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Timothy Houge has published “Tutorin’ Tim’s Phonics: Lessons for Reading and Spelling the Sounds of our Language,” and its companion book.

Houge, an associate professor of elementary and secondary reading and director of the NSU Reading Clinic, has been working toward publication for several years.
“This book was developed for a span of reading levels and mindful of the person who feels inept at teaching reading and spelling,” Houge said. “It includes instruction with two- and three-letter words to polysyllabic words containing Latin and Greek roots.”
While serving as the director of NSU’s one-to-one reading tutoring center, Houge published research demonstrating the effectiveness of phonics-based reading and spelling instruction that is comprised of direct (one phonetic skill for each lesson), explicit (tell), and systematic (one phonetic skill builds on the next) lessons designed to be used with children of any age.
The lessons in this book were designed to be used by anyone: teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, tutors. They stem from his experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, as well as his research.
Houge has published journal articles and presented his work at national, state and local conferences. He has been a longtime advocate for effective reading and spelling education for all children, and has promoted the use of research to inform instruction.