Our Approach

GoLexic follows the ABC method by deHaan and Merlivat. This evidence-based and pragmatic method has been developed over the span of 30 years and used with children who struggle with reading, in particular dyslexic children. The ABC method has been continuously expanded and perfected through years of rigorous work and experience with young struggling readers.

Understanding how the GoLexic app works

The core principles that guide the ABC Method are clearly visible in the GoLexic app. It follows a programme that is:

Systematic

Content and learning materials are introduced in a logical order that follows the natural acquisition of language. It starts with the easiest elements and principles, and introduces new elements in order of difficulty, following a logical and systematic sequence.

Cumulative

Each step builds upon skills and concepts that have been learned previously. New content and concepts are introduced only when previous ones have been mastered. This approach helps build the reading automatisms that certain children are lacking.

Explicit

The method spells out every orthographic and grammatical rule necessary to decode and understand written language. It makes no assumptions of prior knowledge and does not leave elements for the child to “figure out” by themselves. Children with reading difficulties struggle with that process and benefit from being presented information in a clear, explicit and logical manner.

Structured

The method breaks down difficulties that exist in English written language and reintroduces them to students in a determined order, starting with the easiest language elements (= those that cause least confusion). This ensures that children master the relationship between a phoneme ( /sh/ ) and its grapheme ( “sh” ) before introducing alternate pronunciations and spellings.

 

Structured approaches work on several levels:

  1. Phonology: the understanding of the sound structure of spoken words.

  2. Phonemic awareness: the ability to segment words into sound components.

  3. Sound-letter association: the ability to map sound structures to letters and spelling patterns.

  4. Syllable structure and vowel/consonant patterns: the recognition of spelling patterns and how they impact pronunciation (= phonology) and spelling (= sound-letter association).

  5. Grammar: grammar helps build logical pathways from spelling and meaning. Syntax gives context to how children should map phonemes to graphemes.

  6. Semantics: like grammar, semantics give context to how children should map phonemes to graphemes.

 

When children have a weakness in either of these skills, reading is laborious.

​Training each skill in a systematic way helps them develop automatisms between the sound structure of words, their spelling and their meaning.

What parents say

Claire, UK

The structure of the programme is brilliant. My son has been using the app every day, he never complains about it and that’s unbelievable for a 12 year old!  It’s the first time I hear expression in his voice when he's reading: you gave him that confidence he didn't have. School have also seen an improvement. Thank you!