Article from Bob Hookins, Barnstaple

Bob HookinsI first met with Philip last December when he came to enroll for help with his reading.  When I asked him to do the reading test, he actually managed to read all of the sentences on the sheet, but the fluency was lacking and in his speech and reading he had a very prominent stutter. He explained that his main concern was that in the Summer of 2013 he was getting married and he was very nervous about messing up his marriage vows.

So I decided to try and help him and we started meeting just once a week from the middle of February onwards. We used the Yes we can read manual to understand the principles, as well as spending about 5 minutes each session with one of the Quick Read books to try and get some fluency into longer passages than the manual provided.

When he became stuck due to his stutter, I found that he kept repeating the previous 4 or 5 words, so we decided that if he did come to a halt, he should concentrate on starting where he had stopped.  After some perseverance he managed to do this, until eventually the fluency was restored and when reading there was no evidence of the stutter which appeared in normal conversation.

We then turned to the problem of the marriage vows, when nervousness was bound to set in and interfere with the fluency. Fortunately, I had just retired after 14 years at a local Register Office, where conducting marriage ceremonies was a regular part of my job. I therefore knew the legal words Philip would have to say and I used my contacts within the Registration Service to contact the former colleague who was to conduct the ceremony. He agreed to ensure that a few extra words could be added to give a little warmth to the stark legal words.

Because Philip’s reading fluency had become so much better, I typed out the words I knew he would have to say. The page of words was laminated on 2 sides, so that he could have them on the desk in front of him as a prompt at the wedding, but we practised them on a regular basis so that they would be totally familiar to him.

The wedding took place at the end of July and, according to my former colleague, Philip was faultless with his words.  When I saw Philip for his next session he was really “chuffed” at what he had done and said he couldn’t stop talking about it with his work colleagues.

He is still meeting with me once each week and is now two-thirds of the way through the course. We are still concentrating on his speech to try and get it to a level similar to the fluency of his reading, when all of us will be really “chuffed”.

More news stories

Melksham’s first Reader has graduated!

Helen was the first Reader to enrol on the adult reading scheme with... Read more


Time Credits given from Reader to Reading Coach

Ema (on the right) is delighted to be able to thank Lesley, her... Read more


Fundraising success for Read Easy Wellingborough

The Read Easy group based in Wellingborough secures greatly valued... Read more


Our first Pioneer in the North West – Read Easy Manchester South

We’re delighted to welcome Debbie Penny as the brand new pioneer... Read more


Successful summer events for Read Easy groups

The wonderful weather this year has encouraged many Read Easy groups... Read more


Local and national coverage for Read Easy’s work

  We are delighted that the inspiring story of Sandra... Read more


Read Easy gets going in the North West – Planning, Partnerships and a stroll on Blackpool Prom

Our North West Regional Adviser, Vicky, joined Read Easy in May and... Read more


Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!

Our North West Adviser, Vicky, enjoyed a sunny day in Blackpool last... Read more


We are moved and touched by a number of donations which have come... Read more


The Big Noise Chorus in Brixham ‘Let it Shine’

WOW! On 13th June, some of the Committee with Read Easy Torbay went... Read more


Read Easy Cambridge score a scoop on the front page of a local... Read more


Learning to read again after a near-fatal stroke

Every person learning to read has their own story and Read Easy's... Read more


Improving literacy skills with Read Easy Cambridge

John is a young adult who contacted Read Easy Cambridge this year in... Read more


Read Easy begins work in the North West

We are delighted to welcome Vicky Richardson to the Read Easy team of... Read more


“I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write”.

Read John Corcoran's remarkable story in this fascinating article by... Read more


Read Easy has a feature in the Big Issue

"I kept it from my kids, because I wanted to be the... Read more


Part-time position for Regional Adviser in North West England

Closing date: 9th March 2018 An exciting opportunity to help... Read more


Good news stories from adults learning to read

Good news from our readers comes through regularly, detailing their... Read more


Read Easy’s fifth annual Conference

The Read Easy annual conference on Saturday 21 October was a great... Read more


Read Easy is looking for a new Chair of Trustees

Read Easy UK is currently looking for a new Chair of Trustees,... Read more


Good news from Steve in Winchester

You may remember reading about Steve's progress in learning to read... Read more


A diabetic improves his reading skills

When Nicola Cockell, the Read Easy Coordinator in Barnstaple, visited... Read more


Read Easy Conference 2017

We are looking forward to our fifth annual Conference, which will... Read more


Steve’s Letter

  This letter has been written completely independently... Read more


Learning to read builds self-esteem

The process of learning to read and improving your reading skills has... Read more


The link between good health and literacy

A study of ‘health literacy’ published in the British Medical... Read more


Colchester Arts Centre fundraises for Read Easy UK

[caption id="attachment_3771" align="alignleft" width="155"] Sarah... Read more


Reading is essential to health and safety

One of our readers, who would prefer to remain anonymous, is learning... Read more


Reading coach experiences

Anne's reader is now on the Moving Ahead programme. She talks about... Read more


‘Learning to read changed my life’

The Gillingham News ran a feature on 20 April about the work of... Read more


Read Easy readers speak on film

We are delighted to announce that five short films featuring adults... Read more


  The Project Literacy campaign launched on 12 March.... Read more


Part-time job opportunity with Read Easy

This role has now been filled. An exciting opportunity has come up... Read more


Handwriting success

We are delighted to share news on how Coaches at the Read Easy group... Read more


May 2016

Spring has arrived and so has our latest newsletter, with three... Read more


Poster competition

See our Facebook page for details of our poster competition. Closing... Read more


Lunch with Lord Digby Jones

We are absolutely delighted to report that on Thursday 5th May, Lord... Read more


February 2016

End of year report results are out - thank you! Many thanks to... Read more


January 2016

We wish all our readers and volunteers a very happy New Year and hope... Read more


November 2015

The Autumn newsletter is now available. If you have not already... Read more


October 2015

The Read Easy annual conference on Saturday 17 October was a great... Read more


September 2015

The Autumn has arrived with a blustery flourish and the wonderful... Read more


August 2015

The Summer Newsletter is now available for recent news of reader... Read more


July 2015

New Coordinator needed - are you interested? The Coppetts Wood... Read more


June 2015

Introducing your new Office and Social Media... Read more


May 2015

Our Spring Newsletter is now available with lots of interesting news... Read more


April 2015

Welcome to our blog, which we will update with interesting news from... Read more


March 2015

Welcome to our blog, which we will update with interesting news from... Read more


Read Easy Autumn Conference

On Saturday 18th October, Read Easy held its second conference at... Read more


A Successful Read Easy year! (2012-13)

At the end of September we ask all our groups to return evaluation... Read more


New Pioneers!!

The word is spreading about Read Easy! We now have 10 pioneers... Read more


Buster’s Patch

BUSTER’S PATCH – a new reading opportunity for Read Easy readers... Read more


The First Read Easy Conference 2013

Our first Read Easy Conference on the 19th October was a great... Read more


Sponsored Walk – The Finale

<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-600 alignleft"... Read more


Follow Sue and Paul’s sponsored walk for Read Easy

<img class="size-full wp-image-555 alignleft"... Read more


Article from Bob Hookins, Barnstaple

I first met with Philip last December when he came to enroll for help... Read more


Sponsored Walk Update

Just a quick update.  Training for the sponsored walk is going well... Read more


The Alternative Coast to Coast Sponsored Walk – 13th September 2013.

  Hi, I'm Sue, Ginny's PA, in the Read Easy Head Office,... Read more


A very special message

One of our reading coaches has recently shared with us a very special... Read more